Exploring avenues: Pakistan seeks to attract General Motors

Govt to provide incentives for manufacturing cars locally.


Our Correspondent July 13, 2012

ISLAMABAD:


The Adviser to Prime Minister on Industries Muhammad Basharat Raja said that talks were held with delegations of Korean Company and General Motors (GM) to motivate them to invest in Pakistan and he hopes for positive results.

Raja told the National Assembly that the government is considering giving more incentives for investment in car manufacturing in the country. He added that presently one hundred and fifty thousand cars are being manufactured in the country and fifty thousand are being imported annually which are not sufficient to meet requirements.


General Motors, the world’s largest automaker based on sales has brands like of Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Opel and Vauxhall under its belt. In Pakistan, General Motors markets its products through Nexus Automotive Limited, the exclusive importer and progressive manufacturer of the automaker’s products in the country. Nexus started manufacturing Chevrolet Joy in Pakistan in December 2005 whereas other GM products sourced from the global GM network are also planned for introduction to the local market. Nexus uses idle capacity at the Ghandhara Nissan Limited plant at Port Qasim to assemble Chevrolets, under the GM contract assembly agreement.

The project estimated value is $15 million and GM-Chevrolet has provided full support to ensure that the local components and the car assembled here meet GM quality standards and customer expectations.

Auto sales in fiscal 2012 stood at 157,325 units according to the data released by the Pakistan Automotive Manufacturers Association. In terms of car sales, Pak Suzuki Motor Company is leading with 95,142 units followed by Indus Motor Company and Atlas Honda.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 14th, 2012.

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COMMENTS (7)

Iqbal | 8 years ago | Reply As an economist, the basics of all basics is first to have law and order for foreign companies to invest in Pakistan. Pakistan ranks 13th in the failed countries index and in my lifetime I am not expecting this to change materially. As Bhutto once said “even if we have to eat grass, we will make nuclear bombs” That reality is round the corner. Our obsession to build an army which we could not afford has ruined our economy. As a nation we have failed.
Abdullah | 8 years ago | Reply

Wow 60% of the sales were made by Suzuki... Impressive

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