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Export of Pakistani 4G devices reaches ‘milestone’

Airlink Communication, a Pakistani company that manufactures 4G smartphones, has shipped its first shipment to the United Arab Emirates, marking yet another significant step forward in the country’s 4G smartphone exportation.

This was reported on Twitter by Abdul Razak Dawood, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Commerce and Investment. “It is encouraging to see that Pakistan has emerged as a leading exporter of 4G smartphones in a relatively short period of time,” he said.

“I would like to express my gratitude to Airlink Communications for playing a vital role in this process and for exporting their first batch of 1500 locally produced smartphones to the United Arab Emirates,” he said.

According to the advisor, while it is a modest start for the company, it represents an important milestone for Pakistan’s mobile phone market as a whole.

Last month, Pakistan exported to the United Arab Emirates its first-ever consignment of 4G smartphones labeled “Manufactured in Pakistan.”

This would not have been feasible without supportive government policies that have assisted Pakistan in transitioning from being a net mobile phone importer to an exporter of mobile phone equipment.

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Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin often talks about export-led growth because it is only through diversifying and increasing exports that we will be able to address the country’s economic issues and move it closer to self-sufficiency in the long run.

Selling mobile phones in foreign markets is a beneficial addition to our existing export portfolio. The initial shipment of 5,500 mobile phones manufactured by Inovi Telecom was only the beginning, and we anticipate that the government will continue to provide a helping hand to this company in order to increase its exports and generate vital foreign exchange for the country in the years to come.

When it comes to mobile exports, we should focus on the Gulf countries, where the vast majority of Pakistanis reside, as well as Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, and African countries.

Local producers should also be encouraged and given incentives in order to ensure that spare parts for mobile phones are also produced in the United States.

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