The Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA) regional chairman Adeeb Iqbal has appealed the State Bank of Pakistan to stop sending show cause notices to the exporters for not realizing their exports’ proceeds due to global outbreak of COVID-19. In a statement issued here on Monday, he observed that the show cause notices by the SBP have created a lot of resentment and unrest among the value-added textile exporters, who are already facing severe liquidity crunch owing to non-payment by the international buyers for indefinite period amidst post-corona worldwide economic slowdown. The central bank has to make amendments in Foreign Exchange Regulations in the wake of the emerging circumstances due to global outbreak of COVID-19, allowing extension in the realization period beyond six months from the date of exports shipment, he demanded. “We request the SBP governor to formalize new policies in consultations with the exporters, including PRGMEA, making new policies in this regard in view of the post-corona economic crunch when the foreign buyers have either held their payments or making partial payments,” he added. Adeeb Iqbal said that presently, the exporters are not receiving regular payments from the clients abroad. Some buyers have stopped the whole payments while several are paying in installments to Pakistani exporters due to worldwide slowdown in economic activity. And in this scenario, sending such show cause notices along with the threat of taking penal action by the government against its own exporters just for non-realization of their exports’ proceeds is very surprising and unfortunate, he said. PRGMEA regional chief said that the apparel industry has the status of Pakistan’s top national industry, providing jobs to millions of workers directly or indirectly, earning billions of dollars precious foreign exchange for the national kitty.