Government Finalize Terms For An Electric Vehicle Policy In Pakistan

The Government of Pakistan aim to promote the use of electric vehicle in Pakistan and have now finalized terms with relevant boards/ stakeholders to establish a electric vehicle policy including tariff and non-tariff proposals

The Government of Pakistan has been keen to promote the use of Electric Vehicle in Pakistan and to manufacture the products in Pakistan. Recently it has been reported that government have finalized their terms with relevant stakeholders for the establishment of Pakistan’s Electric Vehicle Policy.

This was done by a meeting organized by the Engineering Development Board (EDB) Ministry of Industries and Production. This was chaired by the Advisor to Prime Minister of Industries & Production, Commerce, Textile and Investment Abdul Razzak Dawood, who chaired the 30th meeting of Auto Industry Development Committee (AIDC) to discuss local manufacturing Electric Vehicles. Abdul Razzak spoke about the government’s intention of “Make in Pakistan” as the way forward and will be supported in each policy including EV Manufacturing. He has also suggested that the imports will be discouraged, and provision of jobs will be focused towards the youth in an added effort to reach environmental goals.

The relevant stakeholders who attended the meeting primarily included Pakistan Automotive Manufacturers Association (PAMA), Pakistan Association of Auto Parts and Accessories Manufacturers (PAAPAM), Senior officials from Ministry of Industries & Production, Engineering Development Board, Federal Board of Revenue, Planning Commission of Pakistan, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Commerce, leading car manufacturers, truck & bus manufacturers, 2-3 wheeler manufacturers attended the meeting. As questioned by PAMA, the advisor announced that the EV Policy is the domain of Ministry of Industries and Production (MoIP) as per rules of business and EDB has been designated at the secretariat of EV Policy. The first draft of the policy needs to be drafted within a month and the task is handed over to a technical organization as a good progressive step.

Various tariff and non-tariff proposals were discussed in the meeting. The consensus was reached that the advisor may grant them 15-20 days for the submission of concrete proposals on local manufacturing of EVs.  The investment under the Auto Development Policy (ADP 2016-21) includes proposals by various companies to invest in EVs under ADP, standardization of equipment, promotion of localization, exports of parts and components in the long run, employment generation and positive impact on national exchequer were discussed in the meeting.