Islamabad: The All Pakistan Marble Industries Association (APMIA) on Tuesday asked for support from the federal government to boost trade activity in the marble and granite industry — with the organisation claiming that the sector ‘has the potential to earn revenues worth billions of dollars’ through exports, according to news sources.
The said appeal to the government was made during the formal meeting of the APMIA’s newly-elected office bearers and committee members. APMIA Chairman Sheikh Mohammad Rizwan took the opportunity to state that the marble industry had the potential to bring in foreign exchange revenues worth billions of dollars if the federal government facilitated the sector.
He further said that, like the tax relief given to the construction industry, the country’s marble industry should also be provided with relief in sales tax. He added that this measure would make it easier for the government to collect tax from all national marble factories.
Meanwhile, former APMIA chairman Muhammad Shakeel Munir said that the marble and granite industry had enough potential to reduce unemployment in Pakistan.