Ongoing Covid-19 Online Courses Boost Cell Phone Importation to Nepal


Online courses amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic have boosted the importation of cellphones into Nepal, according to data released by the country’s customs department.

As online education continues, the demand for smartphones has increased dramatically in the Himalayan country, leading to a growing import of cellphones in the first 11 months of the current 2020-21 fiscal year which ends in mid -July, reports the Xinhua news agency.

According to ministry data, Nepal imported cell phones worth NPR 34.14 billion ($ 287 million) in the first 11 months of the current fiscal year, compared to NPR 15.74 billion in the previous year. during the same period of the previous fiscal year.

As for the number of mobile phones, 6.55 million sets were imported during the first 11 months of the current fiscal year, compared to 4.07 million for the same period of the previous fiscal year.

“The growing demand for smartphones for educational purposes is the main reason for the massive growth in imports of mobile phones,” Sanjaya Agrawal, CEO of Tele Direct, an authorized distributor of smartphones, told Xinhua.

“Another reason is that border control measures taken to control the spread of the coronavirus have also discouraged the entry of contraband and counterfeit cell phones.”

Last year, Nepal imported more than 60% of mobile phones from China, according to Agrawal.

According to Customs Department data, Nepal imported NPR 20.76 billion worth of mobile phones from China in the first 11 months of the current fiscal year, which was about 61% of the total value. .

Meanwhile, cellphones valued at NPR 11.83 billion were imported from India during the same period, the data revealed.

Panini School in Kathmandu does not allow students to normally carry cell phones. But since online classes began, around 400 students have incorporated these gadgets into their daily lives.

The Kathmandu Valley has been closed since late April in response to a new wave of the pandemic, under which schools are closed to help control the spread of the virus.

“Most of our students now take online classes,” said Karna Bahadur Shahi, founding director of the Panini Education Network which runs the school.

“In the past, we had to advise students not to abuse cell phones and other gadgets, but such a gadget has been indispensable for their studies due to the Covid-19 pandemic.”


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