Kabul hosted the first ever smart phone expo in the country on Saturday where officials from the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) and other concerned organizations participated.
At the event, ACCI officials expressed concern over the import practice of low-quality cell phones which are sold on the local market.
“The government should try to prevent unhealthy competition among cell phone importers,” said Khanjan Alokozay, the deputy chief of ACCI.
The ACCI urged the government to prevent the illegal importing of smart phones and other related devices into the country.
“Some traders are importing fake cell phones and selling it on the market. This should be prevented,” he added.
A number of cell phone sellers meanwhile welcomed the exhibition, saying that despite economic problems in Afghanistan, the smart phone market is steady.
“The youth are particularly interested in having the latest versions of smart phones. They urge us to import the updated models,” said Zainullah, a cell phone seller.
Head of a marketing organization, Samir Matin said: “The import and the market of smart phones has improved but there are a number of problems for traders including insecurity and lack of electricity in parts of the country.”
Access to smart phones and telecommunication services has dramatically increased over the past 14 years and it is said that more than 10 million Afghans are using telecommunication services.