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Global Quality Requirements and their Compliance and Gaps within Pakistan’s Export Sector

Salman Ehsan, Lahore School of Economics
(Paper co-authored with Ayesha Khanum)


This conference paper aims to give a descriptive overview of the quality and compliance of Pakistan’s top export product categories. Due to high competition, innovations in technology and strict measures of quality requirements, the time has come for Pakistan to build a holistic approach in a systematic manner for its industry in order to not just meet but exceed the international quality standards and certifications for its exports. This paper focuses on Pakistan’s exports in textiles (specifically Cotton Cloth, Knitwear, Cotton Yarn, Ready Made Garments and Towels) and Rice and their compliance with the global standards and the gaps which needs to be filled in order to have a sustainable growth of high quality exports to major global markets. The paper begins with the introduction, top export categories, key dimensions of international quality standards, specific standards and requirements for textiles and rice, quality assurance infrastructure in Pakistan, identification of major gaps, and policy recommendations in order to improve the state of affairs.

About the presenter:

Mr. Salman Ehsan is Assistant Professor in Business Administration at the Lahore School of Economics. He teaches Business Policy, Strategic Management, and Operations Management Courses. Mr. Ehsan joined Lahore School with a diverse domestic and global background within the private sector. He completed his B.Sc. Textile Engineering from National Textile University Faisalabad in 1997. For the next three years he worked in Lahore for MFW Group and Six Sigma Apparel network (both New York based buying houses) respectively, in various capacities responsible for product merchandizing, product development, and quality assurance for well known US customers such as Wal-Mart, Sara Lee, Abercrombie & Fitch, and GUESS? Inc.

He moved to the US in 2000 and completed his MS in Fashion Apparel Management and MBA (International Business) programmes from Philadelphia University and joined SGS Group (Geneva based global leader in testing, inspection and certification services) in 2003. At first he was given responsibility of Global Key Account Manager of Nike with particular focus on R&D. He played a significant role in the development of Nike’s global RSL (Restricted Substance List) programme and various relevant test methods. For the next six years he was with SGS group and held various leadership positions within Marketing, Operations and Technical support functional areas. He was holding the title of Director of International Sales and US Operations before moving back to Pakistan and joining the Lahore School in 2008.

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