Rajco becomes first Pakistani company to supply sportswear to Hugo Boss

People walk by a Hugo Boss store in Paris, France February 9, 2019. (REUTERS)
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Updated 10 July 2020

Rajco becomes first Pakistani company to supply sportswear to Hugo Boss

  • Chief Executive of leading Pakistani sports manufacturer says he is confident the company will deliver the order in August
  • Companies like Hugo Boss are looking to reduce reliance on China over coronavirus and higher production costs, manufacturers’ association says

KARACHI: Pakistan’s Rajco Industries has received an order from Hugo Boss to make t-shirts for the German national soccer team in what is the luxury fashion brand’s first order with a Pakistani sportswear manufacturer, Rajco’s chief executive officer said on Wednesday. 
Earlier this week, Pakistan’s adviser on commerce Abdul Razak Dawood announced the Hugo Boss deal in a Twitter post, but did not reveal the name of the Pakistani company that had booked the order. 

The logo of German fashion house Hugo Boss is seen on a clothing label at their outlet store in Mezingen near Stuttgart, Germany, on October 29, 2013. (REUTERS)

“We have received the order for supply of sport shirts for their [German] football team,” Ijaz Ahmed Bhatti, the chief executive of Sialkot-based Rajco Industries, told Arab News, saying he was confident Rajco could deliver the shipment by August. He did not share details of the production value or volume of the order. 
Bhatti, whose company already produces sports garments for Fila, Kariban, Kappa, UHL Sports and other international brands, said he was hopeful this was the beginning of a lasting relationship with Hugo Boss, one of the official sponsors of the German football team.

The deal with Hugo Boss is the result of efforts by the Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA), commerce minister Dawood has said. The association hosted the International Apparel Federation’s (IAF) 35th World Fashion Convention in Lahore last year, in collaboration with Dutch industry association Modint. Hugo Boss officials attended the event as chief guests. 
“During physical interaction with the Pakistani [sportswear manufacturing] players, they [Hugo Boss] came to know that the knowledge base of our industry is sound,” PRGMEA chief coordinator Ijaz Khokhar, who is also the regional president of IAF, told Arab News. 
Speaking about Pakistan’s attraction for the German fashion house, Khokhar said Hugo Boss, like other European groups, wanted to reduce its reliance on China, particularly because of the coronavirus pandemic, which had started in China’s Wuhan city. 
“They are moving out of China apparently for two reason. The first is COVID-19 and they want to ensure alternate sources of supplies,” Khokhar said. “The second is that China is becoming expensive and our [Pakistani] labor is relatively cheaper.”
Pakistan’s total exports declined by 6.83% in fiscal year 2019-20, according to commerce ministry figures. 

Pakistan to resume middle school classes tomorrow despite rising COVID-19 infections

Updated 22 September 2020

Pakistan to resume middle school classes tomorrow despite rising COVID-19 infections

  • Dozens of educational institutions around the country were closed this week over violation of virus standard operating proce­dures and detection of new cases
  • Earlier this month, government announced it would allow the “phased” reopening of all educational institutions from September 15

ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) on Tuesday said middle schools across the country would resume regular classes as scheduled from tomorrow, September 23, Radio Pakistan reported, despite coronavirus cases being detected in educational institutes around the country this past week.
Schools were closed in March when the government enforced a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus. Authorities started lifting strict curbs in May and last month allowed almost all businesses and the tourism sector to reopen.
Earlier this month, the Pakistani government announced it would be allowing the “phased” reopening of all educational institutions from September 15.
All higher educational institutions including universities, intermediate and professional colleges, reopened from September 15, while grades six through eighth grade were to reopen on September 23 and primary schools would resume classes from September 30.
Following the decision of the NCOC to resume middle school classes from Wednesday, Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa officially announced that classes would start tomorrow. However, Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani said schools in the province would reopen on September 28.
Dozens of educational institutions around the country were closed this week over violation of standard operating proce­dures (SOPs) and detection of Covid-19 cases among students, teachers and other staff.
But Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood said on Saturday that a hasty decision to close down schools again would “destroy education.”
“6 months closure deeply affected the students. Decision to open was taken with great care,” he wrote on Twitter. ” Any hasty decision to close will destroy education.”

The education minister of Punjab province, Murad Raas, said on Twitter:
“All Public & Private Schools will be allowed classes 6 through 8 starting September 23rd. It is imperative for everyone to follow SOPs ... All of us have to play our part to make this successful InshAllah.”