Hiroshi Kawamura, the Chief Executive of Pak Suzuki Motor Company Ltd. (PSMCL), recently shared insights into the company’s endeavours to enhance the export capabilities of their cars, aligning them with numerous WP-29 standards. This significant development was reported by The News on Friday.
During the second round of interactive meetings with key decision-makers, conducted under the Suzuki Motors banner, Kawamura underscored the transient nature of economic challenges. He reaffirmed the company’s unwavering commitment to delivering cost-effective vehicles to the ordinary citizens of Pakistan. Furthermore, he disclosed that the company was actively engaged in the development of hybrid vehicle variants.
In attendance at the meeting were prominent part manufacturers, and they unanimously advocated for the promotion of localization within the automotive industry while simultaneously pursuing global market expansion. In a call for collaborative efforts, Kawamura emphasised the vital need for collective action in addressing the mounting crises faced by the automotive sector, stating, “It is imperative to take stock of the escalating crisis collectively for the automotive industry. Nothing can be achieved without local partners.”
During the meeting, Usman Aslam Malik, Senior Vice Chairman of the Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts and Accessories Manufacturers (PAAPAM), expressed unwavering support for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in their endeavours to export auto components.
It is important to note that WP-29 standards represent a distinctive global regulatory forum operating under the auspices of the UNECE Inland Transport Committee. Three UN Agreements, adopted in 1958, 1997, and 1998, provide the legal foundation enabling contracting parties (member countries) participating in WP-29 sessions to establish regulatory frameworks governing motor vehicles and their equipment.
These encompass UN Regulations, appended to the 1958 Agreement; United Nations Global Technical Regulations (UN GTRs), linked to the 1998 Agreement; and UN Rules, annexed to the 1997 Agreement.