Wednesday, 17 December 2014
It is a matter of great concern that cars assembled/produced in Pakistan do not meet international standards and buyers are generally fleeced for want of a choice. According to a report in this newspaper on 9th December, 2014, Engineering Development Board (EDB), in a meeting presided over by the Minister of Industries and Production, Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi, expressed its serious concern on the quality of new cars, premium (money) on purchase of cars and some upfront payments. Advisor, Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC), and certain other participants were also reported to have pointed out that the quality of locally assembled vehicles was not up to the mark but consumers had no choice in purchasing various kinds of models of vehicles and upfront costs, advance payments etc had shaken consumers' confidence. "Product recall" system was also not in place. Additional Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, stressed upon the need for adoption of standards and quality assurance for all the products and said that the absence of quality standards was seriously hampering the exportability of Pakistani products even in country's long-established export markets. Pro-Rector, NUST, said that the Army had put in place various standards, including for motor vehicles and buildings which are observed while making procurement. Pakistan automotive industry was engaged in assembly operations that was not value-added manufacturing. General Manager (Business Development/Policy) of EDB, spoke about the present level of indigenization and said that 70 percent deletion had been achieved by M/s. Suzuki in the case of its Mehran model whereas other assemblers had achieved a 50 percent localisation.