ISLAMABAD - Federal Minister for Industries and Production Makhdoom Syed Murtaza Mahmud on Friday noted that new Auto Industry Development and Export Policy (AIDEP) 2021-2026 would accelerate growth and development of automotive industry together with quality and indigenisation of industry.  He held a briefing session on automobile industry this morning. Federal Secretary Jawwad Rafique Malik, CEO Engineering Development Board Raza Abbas Shah and senior officers of the ministry attended the meeting.  CEO EDB gave an overview of automobile sector of Pakistan vis-a-vis two broad spectrum polices including Automobile Development Policy 2016-2021 and recently launched policy ie Auto Industry Development and Export Policy (AIDEP) 2021-2026.  The minister was briefed that later version of auto policy ADP incentivised entry of 7 new auto players in market while AIDEP was focused on value addition in auto making by 30%, bi-annual update of SRO 693, exports targets for auto parts as well as CBUs, adoption of safety regulations through legislation and promoting EVs & new technologies in auto industry. He stated that the country had been producing 92% tractors, 95% motorcycles and 55% cars locally. CEO EDB apprised the minister that 08 licenses had been issued to EV based OEMs for production of 2-wheelers and 3-wheelers in Pakistan. He noted that payment of Rs. 4 billion had been reimbursed to consumers for late delivery of vehicles under consumer protection clause of AIDEP. He stated that despite pandemic 215, 776 units of cars including jeeps, SUV, LCV were locally manufactured in last year and target of 3 lac production would be achieved in this year. The minister highlighted that the government would like to increase footprint of EVs to mitigate the challenges of global warming. He also directed the EDB to lay out a plan to curb the issue of On-Money so that consumers could get vehicles timely at justified prices.