Smartphone manufacturing titans Samsung and Oppo are likely to start local assembly of their mobile phones in Pakistan soon after removal of sales taxes on locally assembled mobiles from the ‘above $200’ group.
Seeing that reported simply by Business Recorder , Samsung and Oppo are poised to enter local assembly in Pakistan market and are probably waiting for the implementation of authorized recommendation of policy to eliminate sales tax on locally assembled mobiles from above $ 250 category.
Cell Device Manufacturing Policy 2020 was approved by the ECC in May 2020. The decision was subsequently ratified by the Cabinet on June 2, 2020.
The mobile device manufacturing policy offers sufficient advantage to the local manufacturing of mobile phones especially ‘below $200’ category in comparison with imports in completely made condition. Vivo, Airlink Communications, and Inovi Telecom are usually amongst the new investors inside local assembly of cell phones that have already started their trial manufacturing in February 2021 .
With a mixed capacity of more than 1 mil handsets per month, these companies are usually firing on all weapons with respect to local mobile assembly, while Karachi-based company Transsion Tecno has boosted local mobile phone assembly from a hundred and fifty, 000 to 650, 500 units per month owing to increase in demand.
Along with experienced companies like G-Five and Q Mobile currently operating in the market, the introduction of new players and capacity enhancement by existing companies will allow Pakistan to meet a major part of the local demand, which was about 3. 6 million per month in CY 2020.
The mobile phone production industry is expected to turn out to be larger than the automotive industry associated with Pakistan in terms of turnover in a few years and employment is likely to grow manifold. To further boost the electronics sector, work has already started on preparing appropriate framework for local set up of tablets, allied gear and mobile accessories within near future in line with its vision to improve the entire ecosystem, and make this the fastest growing sector in terms of employment and exports in the near future.