LAHORE   -  Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers Association (PHMA) has elected Shahzad Azam Khan, the former provincial caretaker minister for labour and manpower, as its new central chairman for 2021-22 unopposed in the annual general meeting of central executive committee of the association held here.

The other office-bearers who were elected unopposed included Kashif Aslam Zia and Tariq Mahmood Bhatti as North Zone chairman and vice chairman respectively.

This is third time that Shahzad Azam was chosen for this prestigious position, as in the past he served as PHMA central chairman in 2007-8 and 2013-14 with dedicated services to the knitwear and hosiery industry. He has also worked as the director of Punjab Industrial Estates Development & Management Company (PIEDMC), besides serving as the president of Sundar Industrial Estate Lahore.

After being elected as chairman, he pledged to work with renewed zeal and a sense of commitment for the betterment of the knitwear and hosiery industry and the value-added apparel sector at large. He paid tribute to the outgoing chairman Riaz Ahmed, saying that the outgoing body in his lead had been actively promoting the interests of the textile industry throughout 2020-21. The new chairman vowed to continue with his efforts for the promotion of the value-added knitwear industry.

PHMA Chief Coordinator Adil Butt congratulated the newly-elected office-bearers, expressing the hope that the new team headed by Shahzad Azam Khan would continue the excellent work in the best interest of the entire value-added knitwear sector.

The newly-elected executive committee expressed the confidence that it would make all efforts to work selflessly in resolving issues faced by the industry in the best interests of PHMA members and in further enhancing and boosting the exports.

The chairman said the new body would continue its efforts for the industry’s growth. He said that the knitwear apparel maintains the highest exports share, remaining at top of exports statistics every year despite adverse factors such as liquidity crunch and high costs of doing business.