Report: Pakistan asks China to help with chip ambitions

Report: Pakistan asks China to help with chip ambitions

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By Peter Clarke

Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan has discussed a plan to build a semiconductor capability within his country with Chinese officials during a visit to attend the winter Olympics in Beijing, according to reports.

The reports quoted Fawad Hussain Chaudhry, Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting saying: “We want Chinese tech companies to come to Pakistan and make Pakistan a hub of semiconductor manufacturing.”

Chaudhry, who previously served as minister for science and technology, was quoted saying: “We would also like to start semiconductor design in Pakistan. I’m very happy to tell you that Chinese investors are very keen to join hands with Pakistan and the technology zone will be converted into a semiconductor zone.”

During his visit Prime Minister Khan held a series of meetings and discussed cooperation in software development, information and communication technology, medical diagnostics, and other related sectors.

Chaudry pointed out that Pakistan has begun to assemble mobile phones but wants to go further. “Pakistan has skilled labour, cheaper labour, and a huge market. We hope that Chinese tech companies will join hands with Pakistan to join our technology zone, and we will be able to come up with bigger cooperation in these sectors.”

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