Brief history of PCMEA
Pakistan Carpet Manufacturers & Exporters Association, (PCMEA) is a “A” Class Association, which was established at Karachi in the year 1960, with Head Office at Karachi. There are two Circle Offices, i.e. Karachi and Lahore. The Circle Office of Karachi is called as “Southern Circle” covering the Provinces of Sind and Baluchistan, which has a membership 150 of whereas the Lahore Circle Office is called “Northern Circle” covering the Provinces of Punjab and KPK which has a membership of 300. The area of operation of the Association is the whole of Pakistan.
The Elections of the Association are held every year. The affairs of the Association are managed / controlled by an elected Executive Committee consisting of twenty-four (24) Members, twelve (12) from each Circle. The Executive Committee consists of one Chairman (who is elected for a yearly term alternately on rotation basis from North & South Circle) one Vice-Chairman and eleven (11) Executive Committee Members are elected from each Circle.
The Membership of the Association is granted on written application on prescribed from, Firms desirous of becoming member are duly to be proposed and seconded by two members of the Association. An yearly subscription is to be paid by each Member.
The Association provides guidance to members on all matters concerning their trade of manufacturing and Export of Carpets, and assists them in obtaining visa for travel to other countries for promotion of their export business.
The PCMEA are also actively involved in the children’s Education programmes in collaboration with the International Labour Organization through donations from PCMEA Export Development Fund and the Department of Labour, USA. The non-formal education for carpet weaving children is also financed by some exporters, and by an NGO of PCMEA named Child Care Foundation.
A large number of children are getting in formal education at the school level through the combined efforts of ILO and PCMEA. Those children who are desirous of following further education enroll themselves in regular government schools after the primary level on the basis of education received under ILO-IPEC programme project for combating child labour in the Carpet Industry.
The Association has also established a Carpet Training Institute to impart training to carpet weavers and for this purpose a bureau service will be established to provide all kind of facilities to the carpet exporters.
The Association also holds two Hand knotted Carpet Exhibitions one in Karachi and the other in Lahore alternatively every year, which is attended by a large number of importers from all over the world.
The Association also does such other things as may be conducive to the development of the Carpet Industry and incidental to the attainment of the above objectives.