Rwanda invests in first smartphone factory
15 February 2019
In October 2018, Rwanda-based technology company Mara Corporation said it was investing $100 million in South Africa to make affordable, high tech smartphones.
Mara founder Ashish Thakkar noted that the African continent currently had over 400 million smartphones in use, and this would expand to over one billion in the next few years.
Fast-forward to February 2019, tech company Mara together with Rwandan government officials have announced the rollout of a factory to produce smartphones in Rwanda in addition to enhancing access to digital services in the country.
The plan was unveiled by the ministry’s officials on Thursday while appearing before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education, Technology, Culture and Youth to explain issues related to ICT observed across the country.
Paula Ingabire, the Minister for ICT and Innovation, said negotiations with Mara Corporation, a Pan-African technology company, to establish the plant are ongoing and that by April this year it could have started activities in the country although she did not reveal enough details about it.
She said that smartphones were important ICT tools since there are some digital services that only require smartphones such as access to land services among others.