Samsung, a South Korean tech firm, has begun producing mobile phones in Pakistan, which is expected to cut the country’s import cost.
According to sources, on Tuesday, a team of parliamentarians led by Faisal Subzwari, Chairman of the Senate’s Standing Committee on Industries and Production, visited Samsung’s manufacturing facility in Karachi and formally inaugurated mobile device production.
About the event, Samsung’s senior country management informed the group on the country’s expanding mobile manufacturing business and the issues it faces.
Senator Faisal Subzwari, speaking to the media after the visit, praised Samsung for establishing a sophisticated manufacturing plant and launching operations in less than four months.
He also praised the federal government for creating a favorable atmosphere for one of the world’s major mobile phone manufacturers to come to Pakistan and generate jobs for the local community.
Senator Faisal Sabzwari further urged that the federal government take strong efforts to change the industry’s focus from growth in the assembly field to localization.
In addition, the committee toured a car manufacturing company’s manufacturing unit and met with the administration of the Export Processing Zone Authority (EPZA) to review actions taken by the EPZA to enhance and improve Pakistan’s exports.
It should be recalled that Lucky Group and Samsung struck a deal in July of this year to establish a local assembly factory in Pakistan for the manufacturing of Samsung mobile phones.
A month later, under the Mobile Device Manufacturing (MDM) Regulations 2021, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) approved Lucky Group and Samsung to begin local manufacture of Samsung smartphones.