Chinese firm sets up Uganda’s first phone manufacturing plant

5 July 2019

Telecoms

A Chinese electronics firm, ENGO Holdings Limited, has joined Uganda’s industrial sector to domestically manufacture and assemble mobile phones and laptop computers.    

The firm is setting up its plant in Namanve, Uganda’s flagship industrial park. The construction works expected to last six months commenced this morning with a groundbreaking ceremony presided over by state minister for Investment Evelyn Anite and the minister of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Frank Tumwebaze.      

Ares Chow Yu Qing, the executive director ENGO Holdings Limited says the firm will unveil the first generation of products manufactured and assembled from the plant to the market before close of 2019.

Yu says the plant will rely on Chinese imported motherboards, screens, touch panels, batteries, cameras and speaker receivers and vibrators as well as circuits for the domestic manufacture of the phones until qualified workers have been trained to undertake the commercial process from Uganda.    

According to Yu, the firm will invest $15 million (approx. Shs 55.6 billion) over five years to increase the production capacity from initial 1 million mobile phone gadgets a year to its maximum. The firm’s trademark is known as Simi Mobile and will produce both cheap analogue and smartphones.

Yu says “We will do this step by step. We will use experienced Ethiopians until we have trained our own workforce. So we will start will 100,000 gadgets per month. For computers, the target computers is one million a year – depending on demands. But we will bring more machines if the demands are high.”

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