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Mobile manufacturing leads ‘Make-in-Pakistan’ policy: Razak Dawood

Mobile manufacturing leads ‘Make-in-Pakistan’ policy: Razak Dawood

Mobile manufacturing leads ‘Make-in-Pakistan’ policy: Razak Dawood

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ISLAMABAD: Mobile manufacturing in Pakistan is part of the government’s “Make in Pakistan” policy, which will boost domestic exports, a senior official said.

“Our vision is to make Pakistan a hub of mobile phone manufacturing and export and the export of mobile phones will soon start that will earn foreign exchange for the country,” Adviser to the Prime Minister on Commerce and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood said.

The adviser stated this while presiding over a meeting to examine the progress made towards export of locally-manufactured mobile phones from Pakistan under the “Make-in-Pakistan” policy, a statement said.

The adviser was informed that the success of the “Mobile Phone Manufacturing Policy” was also evident from the import figures during the first five months of the current financial year, compared with the same period of the last financial year.

The meeting was informed that in Pakistan, around 80 per cent to 85 per cent of the market is for phones priced at $200 or below. As a result of “Mobile Phone Manufacturing Policy”, which contains duty incentives for enhancing mobile phone assembling in Pakistan, the majority of phones cheaper than $200, are now assembled in Pakistan.

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Dawood was also informed that this was complemented by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA)’s Device Identification and Registration System (DIRBS), which has curbed the smuggling of mobile phones.

In terms of market shares, the Chinese manufacturers control about half of the market, as they were quick to utilise the incentives offered by the government and; hence, have the “First-Mover’s advantage” in the market.

These assemblers are importing mobiles in Semi Knocked-Down (SKD) condition, which are then assembled in Pakistan.

This is not only saving foreign exchange but also boosting industrial activity and creating employment.

The adviser was also informed that Samsung has also recently started assembling mobile phones in Pakistan.

The import of manufactured or Completely Built Units (CBU) is on the decline, while that of mobile phone components (CKD) is on the rise.

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During July-November 2021, the import of CBU decreased 73 per cent to $179 million, compared with $661 million during the same period of the last year. This saved $410 million in foreign exchange.

In contrast, the imports of mobile phone components for local assembly increased 407 per cent to $674 million from $133 million last year.

Dawood said that across the world, smartphones have now become a necessity, as many Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) now run their businesses on mobile phones.

At the start of this government, Pakistan was a net importer of mobile phones but the situation has now been reversed and jobs are also being created in this sector, he added.

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