In a recent interview with a private news channel, Umar Saif, the Caretaker Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecom, made a groundbreaking announcement regarding the availability of cost-effective mobile phones produced in Pakistan.
Saif revealed that by the next year, people will have the option to purchase affordable locally-made mobile phones on installment plans.
These made-in-Pakistan phones are anticipated to be significantly less expensive, with an estimated average cost of around 15,000 rupees. Dr. Saif highlighted that a collective effort from 33 local companies has resulted in the production of a staggering 57 million affordable mobile phones, out of which 120 million have already been exported.
Dr. Saif emphasized the significance of this move, pointing out that Pakistan has approximately 1.5 million cell phone users, and most of them rely on imported devices. He firmly believes that there is no reason why mobile phones cannot be assembled and manufactured domestically.
As a prominent figure in the field of Information Technology, Umar Saif holds various leadership positions, including CEO of aiSight.ai, Chief Digital Officer of the Jang Group, and CEO of Khudi Ventures. He also serves as an adviser to the United Nations Development Programme in Pakistan.
Saif’s background and advisory roles underscore his dedication to advancing technology, making this announcement a promising step towards greater affordability and accessibility in the mobile phone market.