ISLAMABAD ( BMZ REPORT )
In the wake of new government policy faciliting local manufacturing /assembling of mobile handsets, a delegation led by Mr. Zeshan Qureshi, CEO of Haier Groups of companies called on Minister of State for IT &Telecom Ms. Anusha Rahman on establishing mobile manufacturing/assembling facility in Pakistan. Member HR Mr. Tahir Mushtaq & Member Telecom Mr. Mudassar Hussain were also present in the meeting.
According to CEO, Haier considers Pakistan a very lucrative and flourishing market for mobile handset manufacturing/assembling particularly with the uptake of 3G/4G services in Pakistan, and hence Haier intends to inaugurate its first state of art assembling unit in April and requested the Minister for its formal inauguration.
The Minister appreciated their endeavor and shared that local manufacturing/assembling is at the core of telecom policy to complete the ecosystem of provisioning quality and affordable services to all for ubiquitous development. She highlighted that special incentives have been provided in budget 2015-16 for promotion of local manufacturing/assembling. She further reiterated that after 3G/4G roll out, there was emerging demand of cost effective handset which gives substantial room for investment in this area. Minister assured the delegates that we are committed to provide all possible facilitation for this new mobile manufacturing business to establish mobile manufacturing industry in Pakistan.
Anusha Rahman further stated that Pakistan has educated and skilled young labor force which makes Pakistan an attractive destination for foreign direct investment and appreciated the role of Haier in playing a lead role in setting local manufacturing of smart phones & laptops that impacts directly on creating employment opportunities and building depth into ICT sector of Pakistan.