United States (US) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday thanked Pakistan for donating personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Pompeo took to microblogging website Twitter and appreciated Pakistan’s donation of surgical masks and protective suits.

He said this gesture is a symbol of US-Pakistan solidarity in the fight against Covid-19.

Earlier this month, Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA) Chief Coordinator Ijaz A Khokhar said that the garment industry is receiving international inquires about the production of masks and PPEs.

Talking to APP on Thursday, he said: “it is high time that we switch over our production to PPE to capture the demanding market share”.

He suggested that the government should adopt an aggressive approach and open export of PPE in both non-woven and woven fabric and in different colours mainly white, light blue and light green. “There was a huge demand for coveralls, gowns for doctors, patients, nurses, cleaning staff uniforms as well as other disposable wearables,” he revealed. “We need to take daring steps at this juncture to capture the market share.”

He was of the view that if the government allowed the export of these products, “we can fetch more than $1 billion easily”.