The process of standardizing Pakistan’s auto sector finally picked up some steam after Federal Minister of Science and Technology Chaudhry Fawad Hussain informed that the initial standards pertaining to the auto sector will be submitted to the Federal Cabinet for approval within a month. The Minister in his tweet said:
“The standards for vehicles made in Pakistan have been fixed. The initial standards will be submitted to the Cabinet for approval within a month. I believe that it was a very difficult task, a lot of obstacles were put in front but I do what I set out to do.”
پاکستان میں بننے والی گاڑیوں کے اسٹینڈرڈز طے کر کئے ہیں ایک ماہ کے اندر ابتدائ اسٹنڈرڈز کابینہ کی منظوری کیلئے پیش کر دیں گے، میرے اندازے سے بہت مشکل کام تھا بہت رکاوٹیں ڈالی گئیں لیکن میں جو ٹھان لیتا ہوں کر کے رہتا ہوں:) https://t.co/KrJCLd9XJE
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) August 25, 2020
Pakistan auto sector is dominated by 3 key players– Toyota, Suzuki and Honda. The trio of Japanese auto manufacturers is often criticized by the public for not offering competing products & not introducing many required improvements in their products, despite charging considerably high prices. Back in February, Fawad Chaudhry said that the process of standardizing the country’s auto sector has commenced.
“Pakistan has initiated to make major reforms into standards, and after food and electronics, vehicles made in Pakistan will now be included in the standard system.”
However, Pakistan Automobile Manufacturers Association (PAMA) has opposed framing local standards for vehicles being produced in the country. According to PAMA the government should adopt international standards instead of formulating a new one.