Pakistan Footwear Manufacturers Association Visits South Africa
10 October 2015
On the invitation of the Pakistan High Commission, South Africa, a delegation of Pakistan Footwear Manufacturers Association (PFMA) is presently visiting South Africa. The delegation’s visit from 11-18 October, 2015 is sponsored by the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan. Led by Mr. Mansoor Ehsan Sheikh, the delegation is scheduled to hold meetings in Durban, Johannesburg, and Cape Town, with the importers of the footwear, studying the market and exploring new avenues of economic, investment and trade cooperation between the both countries. The companies represented include Ahsan Elahi and Co Karachi, SS Footmarks, Lahore, Waresa Industry, Lahore, New Long Life Shoes, Lahore, Relaxo Lahore and others. This is the maiden visit of the PFMA to South Africa.
Over the last decade, South Africa footwear imports have increased significantly, moving from 187 million USD in 2002 to 948.8 million USD in 2014. During 2014, 70% of all imported footwear by South Africa came from China; Vietnam (12%), Indonesia (6%) and Italy (5%). The country imports mainly rubber and plastic shoes (36.5%) followed closely by textile footwear (36.3%). Pakistan’s share in this market is negligible with total exports of US$ 3 million, which is mainly of leather footwear while in the rubber and textile footwear, Pakistan’s share is virtually non-existent.
Through the visit, the delegates will get exposure of the South African market, its import trends & patterns and about the capability of the domestic industry. The visit will also give a boost to the exports of the footwear products in the region.
Before commencing their official meetings, the delegation called on His Excellency Najm us Saqib, High Commissioner of Pakistan in South Africa and was briefed on various business related aspects. The High Commissioner also hosted a business dinner in honour of the delegation in Pretoria. Leading businessmen and importers of the footwear attended the business dinner. Mr. Qamar Zaman, Commercial Secretary has developed an elaborate programme for the visit and also accompanying the delegation during the course of their visit.
Pakistan High Commission, Pretoria