Ammon – The representative of the leather and knitted industries sector at the Jordan Chamber of Industry, Eng. Ihab Qadri, confirmed the abundance of locally manufactured school uniforms in sufficient quantities and at stable prices for various students, whether in public or private schools.
Qadri said on Tuesday that the abundance of stocks of school uniforms corresponds to the volume of expected demand, in addition to the large productive capabilities of the local industry and its ability to meet the needs of the local market.
He appreciated the decision of the Minister of Education, Dr. Azmy Mohafaza, to oblige private schools to purchase their uniforms from local factories, referring to the efforts of the Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply and Minister of Labor Youssef Al-Shamali in following up the implementation of decisions related to purchasing the national product.
He pointed out that the official efforts being made are in harmony with enhancing the competitiveness of the industrial and complementary sectors, especially the knitting sector, within the vision of economic modernization, stressing the stability of the prices of school uniforms and accessories in the local market.
He cited the reports of the Department of Statistics, which showed that the textile industry price index, within the index of industrial producers’ prices, decreased during the first half of this year by 3 percent compared to the same period last year.
He pointed out that the sector witnessed an improvement in the demand for school uniforms with the approach of the new school year, with expectations of an increase in the coming days, calling on parents of students to go to buy students’ supplies of school uniforms, to prepare for the start of the new school year, which will start before the end of this month.
Qadri called on the concerned authorities to tighten control over compliance with the decision to exclusively purchase school uniforms from the national industry, and to avoid abuses that were monitored during the past academic years.
He pointed out that the decision taken by the government to oblige private schools to purchase uniforms from the Jordanian industry and not to import them from abroad has positive effects on local manufacturers and repercussions on the national economy.
He explained that buying a local product gives added value to the economy, creates new job opportunities for local workers, and works to develop the local industry and attract new investments, while buying an imported product brings economic returns to the country of origin.
Qadri said, “In confirmation of the positive repercussions of buying from the local market, according to a survey conducted by the Jordan Chamber of Industry to monitor the direct and indirect positive effects of the decision to share school uniforms in the local industry. about 20 percent of its workforce.
Among the positive repercussions, according to the survey, is also the revival of complementary industries for the school uniform industry, while the most important indirect effects of purchasing from the local market were the consolidation of the concept of national industry among students in the lower grades, and repercussions on enhancing the purchase of Jordanian products.
He pointed out the importance of supporting the school uniform industry, because of the benefits that accrue to various economic and social aspects, explaining that the demand for purchasing school supplies will contribute to moving the production wheel and raising the operational capabilities in the sector.
He pointed out that the manufacture of school uniforms is one of the most prominent industries that provide added value in its products, as a result of its complete manufacture inside Jordanian factories, starting with weaving and then spinning and embroidery, which is reflected in the contribution of every dinar paid to purchase a national product, as it contributes to supporting the national economy by about 70%. and 80 percent of its value.
According to Qadri, the number of establishments operating in the production and manufacture of school uniforms is estimated at more than 100 factories classified as small and medium enterprises spread throughout the Kingdom, employing about 5,000 Jordanian workers.