Thump­ing first!

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

ThePak­istan gov­ern­ment is fond of giv­ing away thou­sands of lap­tops but it does not man­u­fac­ture any lap­top or desk­top ma­chines. An Afghan com­pany has taken the lead and has started manufacturing and as­sem­bling com­put­ers and com­po­nents lo­cally and has big plans for the future. Blue Sonic, a com­pany founded by an ex­pa­tri­ate Afghan, Syed Hashmi, has be­gun manufacturing some com­puter com­po­nents in Afghanistan while it al­ready as­sem­bles com­put­ers, phones and other house­hold de­vices. Based in Kabul, the com­pany has an assem­bly line and will soon open a show­room.

Hashmi is op­ti­mistic about his busi­ness since there is no com­pe­ti­tion in his area. Also, there is an in­creas­ing de­mand for com­put­ers as 60 per­cent of the Afghan pop­u­la­tion com­prises youth.

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