ISLAMABAD: Pakistan imported mobile phones worth $ 119.234 million in July 2021, up from $ 147.999 million in the same month last year, recording a decline of 19.44%, according to data from the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS).
Overall telecommunications imports into the country during the period under review (July) 2021 decreased by 10.41% from $ 176.90 million in July 2020 to $ 158.488 million in July 2021.
On a month-to-month basis, Pakistan’s cellphone imports fell 41.75 percent in July 2021, compared to $ 204.677 million imported in June 2021, PBS data revealed.
On a monthly basis, the country’s overall telecommunications imports declined 38.15% in July 2021, compared to imports of $ 256.255 million in June 2021.
Imports of other devices in July 2021 increased 35.82% and remained at $ 39.254 million from $ 28,902 million in July 2021.
Local mobile phone production in Pakistan exceeds imports: PTA
However, imports of other devices were down 23.89% from $ 51.578 million in June 2021.
However, trade adviser Abdul Razak Dawood said the government’s goal is to boost exports.
The government wanted to rationalize imports by encouraging local production, he said, adding that local cellphone manufacturing had reduced cellphone imports.
The adviser said the country’s imports were high because traditionally Pakistan had always relied on trade that was not “Made in Pakistan”.
“Now we are implementing the ‘Made in Pakistan’ policy,” he added.
The best example is that the number of locally produced cell phones has now surpassed imported phones, he added.
According to the Telecommunications Authority of Pakistan (PTA), cellphone production by local manufacturing factories exceeded the number of cellphone imports into the country between January and July 2021, as local production was recorded at 12.27 million compared to imported cell phones. of 8.29 million.
This trend reflects a positive adoption of the PTA’s mobile device manufacturing authorization (MDM) regulatory regime, whereby local manufacturing in the first year of the regime’s introduction resulted in the production of $ 12.27 million. phones in seven months, including 4.87 million 4G smartphones. Phone (s.
The successful implementation of the Device Identification Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) as well as supportive government policies, including the mobile manufacturing policy, have created an enabling environment for the manufacturing of mobile devices in Canada. Pakistan.
It has also positively contributed to Pakistan’s mobile ecosystem by eliminating the market for counterfeit devices, providing a level playing field for business entities and creating consumer trust through the formulation of standardized legal channels for all kinds of imports. devices.
The government of Pakistan has introduced a comprehensive mobile manufacturing policy to encourage and attract manufacturers to establish their units in Pakistan.
January-July 2021: The number of locally produced cell phones exceeds the number of imported phones: PTA
The PTA in Light of Policy released the Mobile Device Manufacturing (MDM) Regulations on January 28, 2021.
To date, 26 companies have obtained MDM authorization to manufacture mobile devices in Pakistan.
These companies include famous brands like Samsung, Nokia, Oppo, TECNO, Infinix, Vgotel and Q-mobile etc.
Pakistan imported mobile phones worth $ 2.065 billion in 2020-2021, up from $ 1.369 billion in 2019-20, a growth of 50.75%.
Due to the introduction of DIRBS, legal imports increased dramatically and local manufacturing also resumed.
The government has decided to introduce a comprehensive mobile manufacturing policy to encourage and attract mobile manufacturing players to come to Pakistan and establish their factories.
Taxes / duties collected from individual consumers, which before DIRBS were an untapped area for revenue collection, amount to Rs 13.93 billion during the period January 2019 to March 2021.
On the commercial import side, receipts of 22 billion rupees in 2018-19 increased to 83 billion rupees for the period from January 2019 to November 2020.
This is a significant increase despite the economic slowdown caused by the pandemic.
Impacts of DIRBS on the economy, (a) PTA blocked 175,000 IMEI devices reported as stolen via DIRBS, (b) The system also identified and blocked 26.03 million fake / replica mobile devices since 2019 identified as programmed with non-GSMA training, (c) The system successfully identified cloned / duplicated IMEIs, 657,645 IMEIs having been cloned against 4.24 million MSISDN. The launch of DIRBS has also had a significant impact on the development of the mobile device ecosystem, as companies now have a level playing field.
Copyright Business Recorder, 2021