Samsung may set up a cell phone factory in Pakistan

Hammad Azhar tweeted the potential development after meeting Samsung Pakistan’s higher-ups

Tech giant Samsung, the world’s number one smart phones manufacturer, is interested in starting a plant in Pakistan, Minister for Industries and Productions Hammad Azhar said. Currently, 14 cell phone manufacturers have units in Pakistan but they are primarily producing 2G phones.

Azhar said that the Device Identification Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) implementation in Pakistan has increased cell phone production in the country. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) can stop use of smuggled devices through DIRBS. The minister also said that Samsung Pakistan MD and CEO showed interest in setting up a unit in the country.

“Smartphone production in Pakistan is multiplying following DIRBS [Device Identification Registration and Blocking System] implementation and Mobile Policy launched recently,” he tweeted. “They [Samsung Pakistan MD and CEO] appreciated both policies and are now actively considering setting up a smartphone assembly plan in Pakistan,” he added.

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Samsung typically sells over 75 million smartphones in a single quarter and generally has a 20% share in the global market. A unit for cell phone manufacturing can help the local economies by employing thousands of people, both directly and indirectly. It can also lead to interest from other large scale cellular phone manufacturers to enter Pakistani for manufacturing purposes as well.

The Government of Pakistan recently approved its first Mobile Device Manufacturing Policy. The policy encourages new players to enter the field and manufacture 3G and 4G cellular devices. The policy is expected to help the inflow of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Pakistan.  

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