The Minister for Industries and Productions Hammad Azhar revealed that one of the leading smartphone manufacturers in the world is setting an assembly plant in Pakistan, as reported by DAWN.
Azhar tweeted, “Smartphone production in Pakistan is multiplying following the Device Identification, Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) implementation and Mobile [Device Manufacturing] Policy launched recently.”
Furthermore, he said that Samsung Pakistan was appreciative of the policies of the government and it is thinking to set up smartphone assembly plant in Pakistan.
He said, “Met with Samsung Pakistan managing director and chief executive officer. They appreciated both policies and are now actively considering setting up a smartphone assembly plan[t] in Pakistan.”
The Mobile Device Manufacturing Policy was approved by the cabinet in June. The aim was to promote indigenization via collaborated ventures and local and foreign direct investment. The policy aims to minimize the mobile prices in Pakistan via localisation and boost exports by offering tax breaks and incentives.
Currently almost 14 smartphone companies are manufacturing phones in Pakistan but majority of them just have 2G tech. On a positive note, the mobile policy does aim to increase the production of phones that feature 3G, and 4G tech.
The government has also implemented DRIBS, in a move to discourage the smartphones smuggling and to protect the national smartphone producers. It would be ensured by the govt that just the registered devices are used in Pakistan, once DRIBS is in place.