The first Samsung smartphone produced in Pakistan was showcased, demonstrating the success of the PTI government’s mobile manufacturing agenda.
Energy Minister Hammad Azhar said that after a year of implementing a mobile manufacturing policy, over 70% of smartphones were produced in Pakistan, according to his remarks at the presentation of a smartphone made by Samsung at its Port Qasim facility under a joint venture with Lucky Group.
Hammad Azhar futher added that the DIRBS policy have increased the local manufacturing of smartphones.
The government now intends to export domestically built smartphones to other countries.
He further stated that under DIRBS, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had collected about Rs135 billion in taxes.
PTA granted Lucky Motor Corporation Limited MDM authority to manufacture Samsung trademark mobile devices in August of last year.
According to PTA, the company asked for permission to build a mobile device manufacturing unit in Karachi, Pakistan, where it will produce Samsung brand mobile devices.
The approval to manufacture Samsung mobile devices in Pakistan marks a watershed moment for the country’s thriving mobile manufacturing ecosystem, securing the participation of significant local and international firms in the market.
This is only achievable because of the government of Pakistan’s supportive policies under its “Digital Pakistan” initiative.
PTA has granted MDM authorizations to 25 foreign and domestic businesses for the manufacture of mobile devices (2G/3G/4G) in the country.
These companies’ mobile devices will not only be sold in the country, but also exported to other competitive markets in the area and abroad.
The device manufacturing units will play a key role in providing new job opportunities and making mobile gadgets more affordable for Pakistanis.