Mobile phone imports for this period totaled a staggering Rs51.85 billion
In a significant economic development, Pakistan’s mobile phone imports surged to an impressive Rs. 32.7 billion in August 2023, as per the latest data unveiled by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS).
This remarkable increase in imports has caught the attention of experts and policymakers alike.
According to PBS data, mobile phone imports in August 2023 recorded a staggering 71 percent growth compared to July 2023, when imports were valued at Rs. 19.1 billion. This substantial month-on-month surge reflects the robust demand for mobile devices within the country.
Year-on-year surge: 135% growth
What is even more striking is the year-on-year comparison, where August 2023 imports exhibited a remarkable 135 percent increase over the same month in the previous fiscal year (FY24). In August 2022, mobile phone imports were reported at Rs. 13.9 billion, highlighting the remarkable growth in consumer demand for mobile technology.
Dollar value soars
Expressed in dollar terms, Pakistan’s mobile phone imports for August reached a noteworthy $111.34 million, marking a substantial 63 percent surge compared to July 2023 and an impressive 76 percent rise in comparison to August 2022.
This highlights not only the quantity but also the value of the devices being brought into the country.
July and August combine for Rs51.85bn
The cumulative impact of these soaring imports during the first two months of the current fiscal year (July and August) is remarkable. Mobile phone imports for this period totaled a staggering Rs. 51.85 billion, reflecting a remarkable 131 percent increase when compared to the same period in the previous fiscal year.
In dollar terms, the combined imports for July and August 2023 amounted to $179.47 million, demonstrating a significant 76 percent surge compared to imports worth $101.86 million recorded during the corresponding period in the previous fiscal year.
The surge in mobile phone imports signals a robust demand for technology and connectivity within Pakistan. This trend is likely to impact various sectors of the economy and offers valuable insights into the evolving consumer preferences and digital landscape of the nation.
Experts will closely monitor these developments as they have the potential to influence both economic policies and market dynamics in the months to come.
Source: Samaa TV