“We had an image as a strike-prone country. Buyers from all over the world used to worry a lot about whether our manufacturers could meet shipment deadlines,” Export Promotion Bureau chief Shahab Ullah told AFP.

“But the state of emergency brought much-needed stability as there have been hardly any strikes.”

Some stats from the same article:

  • The nation’s exports of knitted and woven items rose by nearly 17 percent to a record 10.7 billion dollars in the financial year to June 2008.
  • Exports leapt by 51 percent year-on-year in January and by more than 20 percent in the other months until the end of the financial year.