With increasing grey market and other many challenges in the mobile phone industry, all the phone importers in Nepal have decided to go together and have formed an association on Dec. 4th, 2016. Mobile Phone Importers’ Association (MPIA) is the newly formed umbrella body of all phone importers in the country. Deepak Malhotra, chairman of Integrated Mobility Solutions Pvt Ltd, is said to have been elected as the president of this new association.
Furthermore, Sanjay Agrawal (executive director of Teletalk Pvt Ltd), Amit Agrawal (managing director of Life Com Pvt Ltd), and Ramesh Bahadur Shrestha (business unit head of CG Mobile Pvt Ltd) are said to be the vice-president, general secretary, and treasurer of this newly formed body. The primary objective of this association is to drag the Government’s attention towards illegal imports of mobile phones and to discourage such activities. This, in turn, will help the government make more revenues.
Gionee, Huawei, ZTE, Apple, Samsung, Colors, Lenovo, CG, HTC, Lava, Xiaomi, Videocon, Oppo, Sony, Spice, Micromax, OBI, Karbonn, DTC, Panasonic, and Nokia among others are members of MPIA.
The association claims to make domestic mobile phone market more disciplined and responsible. Is this newly formed association really gonna give some new experience in the consumers’ level? Well, that’s something yet to see.