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Samsung shows off first locally assembled phone in Pakistan

Faisal Subzwari, Chairman of the Senate’s Standing Committee on Industries and Production, confirmed to the media that Samsung has officially begun its production of mobile phones in Pakistan. This is a welcoming development as authorities hope it will reduce import bills.

Samsung officially starts its production of mobile phones in Pakistan. The development is a welcoming one as authorities hope that it will cut down import bills.

According to media reports, a delegation led by Faisal Subzwari, Chairman of the Senate’s Standing Committee on Industries and Production, visited Samsung’s production site in Karachi. There, the company officially launched the production of mobile devices.

“We were informed that Samsung formally started its production,” Faisal Subzwari told the media.

Important to note, the delegation met with the company’s top managers and received a briefing on the growing sector. The managers also talked about the challenges faced by the cellphones manufacturing industry in Pakistan.

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Faisal Subzwari commended Samsung for setting up a manufacturing plant and starting production of mobile phones in a short time. He also appreciated the government for providing a conducive environment that enabled Samsung to come to Pakistan.

“It is really good to know that the company started production within a short span of four months,” he said.

“We visited the production facility designed on modern lines and obviously the local manpower, support of local industry, and conducive environment provided by the government led to such achievement,” he further added.

However, Faisal Subzwari also noted that the government still needs to take robust measures to localize the industry.


Achievement for Pakistan 

Pakistan is currently witnessing growth in the mobile manufacturing sector. To clarify, Pakistan produced 18 million mobile phones in the first ten months of 2021. Adviser to the Prime Minister on Commerce and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood revealed the news earlier.

The Adviser quoted the figures from Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). He noted how Pakistan increased its domestic production of mobile phones.

“MOC pleased to announce that during the period of Jan to Oct 2021, domestic manufacturing mobile plants in Pakistan produced 18.87 Million mobile units, including 7.93 million 4G mobile phones compared to 9.45 Million imported mobile phones,” Abdul Razak noted. 

“MOC’s Make in Pakistan philosophy is giving the results and we look forward to sustainable growth in the long run,” he further added.

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Moreover, with the increase in the local manufacture of mobile phones, Pakistan will reduce its dependency on imports. However, this will take time.

“With production of around 250,000 to 300,000, we aim to produce around 3m cellphones every year,” Mohammad Ali Tabba, chief of the Lucky Group which partners with Samsung to produce cellphones said.