A proud moment for Pakistan is that now we can have locally manufactured smartphones. Politicians affiliated with PTI turned to social media to express their views on the current government’s policies and agreements with Samsung to assemble Samsung phones locally at port Qasim.
Samsung and Lucky Group have joined hands and officially introduced the smartphone, according to their official Twitter handle. Pakistan is unquestionably progressing, and there is no turning back at this point.
Samsung and Lucky Group Joined Hands in 2021
The companies came together on the deal in July 2021. LMC and Samsung Gulf Electronics have teamed up to produce Samsung products in Pakistan. After the agreement, the work began, and the result is now available. Bin Qasim Industrial Park, where the LMC factory is located. In December 2021, a representative of the same corporation declared that smartphone production had been completed.
The country will rise to new heights and people will look up to the state as a result of this action. For Pakistanis, this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity.
Launching Ceremony by Hamad Azhar (Energy Minister)
At the launching ceremony of the locally assembled Samsung smartphone, Energy Minister Hammad Azhar said that around 70 percent of smartphones were assembled in Pakistan.
He said that the development comes after a year of introducing the Mobile Device Manufacturing Policy (MDMP) in June 2020. Azhar also said that the government now aims at exporting the locally assembled smartphones to other countries.
He added that Samsung’s launch was a result of the success of the Device Identification Registration & Blocking System (DIRBS) system launched three years ago.
He also informed that Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had collected over Rs135 billion in taxes under DIRBS.
Samsung was a mobile phone giant and its decision to assemble phones in Pakistan was an indication of the success of the Mobile Device Manufacturing Policy (MDMP) launched by the government in June 2020.
The vision of the policy was clear i.e. by 2022, 80% of all mobile phones sold in Pakistan should be locally manufactured, he said.
He was of the view that meeting the targets set in the policy would be a challenging task for the industry and support of the government was vital in that regard.
“I can foresee tough competition in coming months between the firms specializing in local manufacturing of mobile phones,” said Allawala. “With the localization of parts, prices are also expected to decline while exports are anticipated to rise.”
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SI Global CEO Noman Ahmed
SI Global CEO Noman Ahmed Said termed the joint venture the first step towards manufacturing IT products in the country. He stressed that the development would encourage the expansion and collaboration of other big players in Pakistan.
“Samsung’s faith in Pakistan is symbolic for all of us and we need to ensure that proper support is provided to the manufacturers,” he said. “We have examples of Suzuki, Honda, and other car manufacturers who entered Pakistan created jobs and accelerated technological advancement.”
He cherished the fact that several positive developments were announced on the technological front in the past few months.
He called on the State Bank of Pakistan and stakeholders of the technology sector to draft a basic legal framework to create a win-win situation for both companies.
Economically and fundamentally, the joint venture is a step in the right direction in the mobile phone sector.
“The telecom sector is likely to benefit from this development as it may result in more such collaborations,” he said.
It will also help enhance competitiveness and the main beneficiary will be the consumer because local manufacturing will reduce the cost of mobile phones.
Brands that already produce mobiles in Pakistan
The brands already being manufactured in Pakistan included Tecno, Infinix, Itel, Vivo, Oppo, and Realme while Nokia was in the process of setting up a plant and kick-starting operations in September 2021.