Syed Amin-Ul-Haque, the Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication, has revealed that he has been directed to develop a work plan for ‘Smartphone for All,’ in which Pakistani cell phone users will soon be able to purchase smartphones and mobiles with data packages on installments.
He was speaking to the media in Barcelona during the Mobile World Congress 2022 (MWC22).
The four-day conference, which is being held under the auspices of the GSM Association, aims to develop strategies for improving global mobile connectivity and increasing common man access to communication technology.
It also aims to benefit from one another’s experiences and observations. The conference is attended by representatives from governments and telecommunications companies from all over the world.
The Federal Minister stated earlier at a press conference held at the Pakistani Consulate in Barcelona that a mobile manufacturing policy had been formulated and approved by the Cabinet and Parliament for the first time in Pakistan’s history. He emphasized that mobile phones are not only manufactured in Pakistan but also exported.
Syed Amin-ul-Haq, in response to a question, expressed reservations about the imposition of taxes on mobile phones imported from abroad for personal use, as well as the collection of taxes on the same phone multiple times. The Minister stated that the government was working to address the concerns of overseas Pakistanis and grant them the right to vote. He hoped that Pakistanis living abroad would be able to exercise their right to vote.