Automaker looks for suitable govt policies


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KARACHI: Master Changan Motors Limited (MCML), a joint venture with Changan International, has announced that it is exporting the first consignment of 14 Oshan X7 SUV to Kenya.

Last year, the first sample unit was exported to a country in the Oceania region.

The announcement was made on Thursday by MCML Chief Executive Officer Danial Malik, who attributed the achievement to the adoption of global quality and safety standards.

He emphasised that this export initiative is the first effort to prove that exporting vehicles from Pakistan is possible, but it should be commercially viable and sustainable.

“We must have the right government policies … we want to make Pakistan a regional auto export hub and are working closely with all government stakeholders to make this dream a reality,” the CEO said.

“We set it up with an initial investment of $36 million and we have established a state-of-the-art production facility which is throughout Pakistan.”

He highlighted that their team is taking the next major step to achieve the vision of making Master Changan a part of Changan’s global vehicle supply chain under the “Vast Ocean Plan”. This initiative will put Pakistan on the map for producing and exporting high-quality vehicles to the world.

He added that Kenya is one of many countries where MCML has planned to leave its mark with a view to expanding export volumes.

Speaking as the chief guest, Federal Additional Secretary of Industries and Production Asad Rehman Gilani assured the auto industry that the government would keep cooperating with them and the rest of industries to maximise their production.

He said that assurances were always given to industries but they kept complaining that the government did not come through. “We would be happy, if the industries may maximise the progress,” he concluded.

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