According to Commerce Advisor Abdul Razak Dawood, Pakistan will begin exporting mobile phones in January 2022.
The adviser verified before the Senate Standing Committee on Commerce, led by Senator Zeeshan Khanzada, that a Chinese business was establishing a mobile phone manufacturing plant in Karachi.
According to Mr. Dawood, mobile phone manufacture has already begun in Pakistan. “I am currently attempting to persuade the Chinese to begin mobile phone exports from Pakistan. They [Chinese] began manufacturing last year, and I gave them a December 2021 deadline. They have told me that exports will commence in January 2022,” he continued.
In response to a query on whether there are any export objectives for mobile phones made in Pakistan, the adviser stated that it is a new product for exports and that there are no such targets. “No one thought two years ago that Pakistan would start exporting mobile phones,” he added.
In terms of Samsung’s operations in Pakistan, Mr. Dawood stated that the company first declined to enter Pakistan. “However, Samsung eventually reversed its prior position and decided to visit Pakistan. A joint venture with a local partner is now in the works,” he noted. The adviser expressed optimism about an increase in mobile phone shipments from the nation.
Lucky Cement Ltd (LCL) announced in a public filing last week that its subsidiary Lucky Motor Corporation has inked a deal with Samsung Gulf Electronics Co, FZE to manufacture Samsung mobile handsets in Pakistan.