Higher Education Commission (HEC) has asked Board of Investment to host an international investors conference for establishing a laptop assembling/ manufacturing plant in Pakistan. After government’s laptop scheme for students, Pakistan has become a potential market for these computers. Developments in information technology sector are also a factor behind increasing demand of laptops. And according to well placed HEC officials, the government had instructed HEC to arrange laptops for Prime Minister’s scheme – to be distributed among students in next five years. According to HEC estimates, the scheme needs lap tops worth over Rs 30 billion for distribution among students. So it would be better to invite companies to install lap top assembling plant/s in first phase and to start manufacturing laptops in phase two. Such plant/s can also be used for manufacturing mobile phones due to which Pakistan can save foreign exchange worth a billion dollars (Rs 100 b) yearly.
Lap top assembling and manufacturing plants are working in countries like Kenya, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain which have much less population compared to Pakistan.