RCCI Urges the Government to Announce the Auto Policy Immediately

Despite several rumors and internal leaks by government officials that the auto policy is complete and about to be revealed, the government has failed to announce it. The pending status of the policy has caused great concern amongst related parties and stakeholders. They want the government to announce a solid set of regulations for the automotive industry.

The policy has been finalised and will be announced soon, according to the Federal Minister for Industries and Production, Ghulam Mirza Jatoi, which he confirmed in December last year. He said the policy was being fine-tuned and that’s what caused the delay.

The auto policy has been pending for more than three years now, with the government missing deadlines. The policy has become a victim of some serious lobbying and politics caused by existing and potential automakers wanting the policy to be in their favor. Current manufacturers want to maintain their monopolistic foothold in the market while potential automakers and local consumers demand for the policy to be in favour of the newcomers in the automotive industry.

The latest local body to push the government into releasing the new automotive policy is the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI). RCCI’s President Mian Humayun Pervez has urged the government to bypass the delays and release the policy as soon as possible. He said that the auto sales have been very good in recent times, but he argued that the lack of a policy isn’t good for the current manufacturers as well.

Mian Pervez wants the new policy to give a clear signal to not only existing car manufacturers and retailers to increase their investment in Pakistan, but to encourage new foreign investments as well. He continued on and said that a new policy will ensure the betterment of the SME sector, which is directly linked to the auto sector.

RCCI President stated that many countries around the world, including Japan, China, Korea, India, Brazil and many more have used the automotive industry as a launching pad for promoting industry, foreign investment, economic growth and increasing job opportunities.

On the other hand, existing automakers have condemned the imports of cars particularly from Japan. Car imports have also been on a high in recent times and car assemblers are of the view that this has hurt their sales. They want strict rules and taxes on car imports. Consumers, however, are disappointed at the lower quality and outdated models being offered by local car assemblers, which has led to increased imports.

Whatever the case, it is seems clear that a middle ground has to be reached to keep both parties happy with the new auto policy. However, the government should look out for the consumers’ and citizens’ interest as this is what it is bound to represent.

He is the Chief Content Officer at ProPakistani. Reach out at aadil.s[at]propakistani.pk

  • i don’t want shitty cars by local manufacturer these fools charge so high and offer trash which after an year becomes trash, we need a policy that is in the favour of newcomers and also lower the freaking taxes on import of cars i m sick and tired of mehrans and cultus on the road

  • The gov should announce it and welcome newcomers to end this 40 yrs old monopoly and for the sake of economy just do it

  • Tax the imports as much as you tax the local manufacturers, this is simple words means that the Govt should bring taxes down…. a LOT.

    Screw the local manufacturers and let them die in their own filth if it has to come to that. They are screwing the Pakistani people backwards.

    I have no love for local manufacturers, killers of the people of Pakistan by providing substandard cars with no safety features.

  • These so called local manufacturer monoply has to end now. I’m sick of their 4 decade old models coming out every day with a slight change in headlight design. These idiots are still churning out MEHRAN from their facility with no innovation whatsoever. Robbing citizens of their hard earned money. This Government having no direction whatsoever on issues concerning to consumers. These manufacturers must be imposed with hefty fines so that they go bankcrupt and get the hell out of Pakistan…We dont want them here now… Let the new manufacturer come and serve the consumer better.

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