ISLAMABAD (APP) - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Friday tasked the Ministry of Textile to prepare a comprehensive plan in consultation with the private sector to improve the production of cotton in order to meet its growing domestic requirements and export demand. He expressed these views while presiding over a meeting held here at the PM House this afternoon to discuss a strategy for enhancing textile exports. The Prime Minister said that textile industry is the backbone of our industrial sector and improvement in the quality and quantity of cotton will strengthen the competitiveness of the textile industry and facilitate the export of textile products. The PM asked the Ministry of Textile to focus on areas and regions in the country through which optimum yield of cotton could be procured. He said the textile industry has to be made more efficient to make it cost effective and profitable since it is a valuable asset of the country. Earlier, Secretary Textile in his presentation briefed the meeting about the status of textile industry in the country and the measures being taken by the ministry to enhance textile exports. The meeting was also attended by Minister for Defence, Commerce and Textile Industry, Ahmad Mukhtar, Special Assistance to the PM on Economic Affairs, Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar, Deputy Chairman PC, Secretary's Textile, Commerce and Finance.