World’s football manufacturing capital in Pakistan gets a green makeover

ADB’s private sector operations boost support for climate action, food security

ISLAMABAD, Nov 25 (APP): The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is helping Pakistan’s provincial government of Punjab to build sustainable and livable mid-level cities by upgrading basic infrastructure and services.

This includes Sialkot, a thriving business hub known for manufacturing footballs and high-quality surgical instruments, according to a short video released by the ADB on Friday.

It said the ADB’s support for urban development is helping boost Sialkot’s competitiveness, create jobs, and improve quality of life in the city.

It said the city manufactures over 70% of the world’s footballs. “If you have ever played football, chances are the ball was made in Sialkot in Pakistan.”

The city is also the source of footballs for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Doha, Qatar.

Sialkot is a thriving business hub known not just for its football production, but also for manufacturing surgical instruments.

Chairman, Forward Group, and Sialkot Airport Khwaja Masood Akhtar said “We have international customers. They come to see our factory, and for business meetings. Therefore, it is very important that the infrastructure of the city like roads, railways, airports, and dry ports, should be up to mark”.

It was highlighted that the ADB is helping develop growing cities like Sialkot so public services can meet rising demand.

Water infrastructure is being upgraded for reliable supply, while sewerage and sanitation systems are also being rehabilitated.

Withe the ADB’s help, over 450 tons of waste are effectively collected every day and communities are taught better waste management.

Social Activist, Sialkot, Farkhanda Ishtiaq said “We learned about solid waste management at home. It was very beneficial for me as I learned how I can segregate my kitchen waste”.

Parks, footpaths, and terminals in the city are now more accessible, with clean toilets and well-lit walkways.

Rabia Ahad, a Sialkot resident said children used to play in a very congested environment at home, but now if you look around, the children are very relaxed here.

By Najam ul Hassan

Najam ul Hassan is a Sr. Reporter who reports on Prime Minister, President, Foreign Office, and special assignments.

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