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Samsung to set up smartphone assembly in Pakistan, says Hammad Azhar

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Industries and Production Hammad Azhar has said South Korean tech giant Samsung is looking forward to setting up a smartphone assembly plant in Pakistan

“Smartphone production in Pakistan is multiplying following Device Identification, Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) implementation and Mobile Policy launched recently,” Azhar said in a tweet.

He added that both the Samsung Pakistan MD and CEO appreciated the government’s policies and were now actively considering setting up a smartphone assembly plant in Pakistan.

The Federal Cabinet in June approved the country’s first mobile device manufacturing policy which had been prepared by the Engineering Development Board (EDB), a techno-economic arm of the Ministry of Industries and Production (MoIP), through extensive consultation with relevant public and private sector stakeholders.

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The policy aims to incentivise local assemblers who will provide jobs to local engineers, skilled and semi-skilled educated youth. Pakistan is well poised to capitalise the competitive human resource advantage to attract investment in the sector from across the globe. The policy aims at the localisation/indigenisation of the parts of the mobile phone in a phased manner.


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