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Rwanda: official launch of a smartphone manufacturing plant

Rwandan President Paul Kagame officiated on Monday, October 7, 2019 at the launch of the Mara Phones manufacturing plant in Rwanda. The first “made in Rwanda” phones left the assembly line last week.

“Producing smartphones is not a simple matter. Nearly a thousand individual components are involved. The Mara telephone factory is therefore a complex manufacturing operation, requiring significant technical skills. This is another milestone in our journey to the high-tech industry,” said Mr. Kagame, who believes that “Mara Téléphones Group’s investment is in perfect harmony with our focus on science and technology as key drivers of our economic transformation.

President of Rwanda

Paula Ingabire, Rwandan Minister of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), announced during a committee meeting that Rwanda will open its first smartphone factory. This project will make Rwanda the first country in Africa to manufacture phones locally that will meet the demand of the African market.

Mara Smartphone

The project, which provided nearly 20,000 jobs, was carried out in partnership with Rwandan investor Ashish Thakkkar, who set up his pan-African technology company, MaraPhones under Mara Company.


Amine Benkeroum

A 26 yo geek from Morocco, who loves innovation, startups, new technologies and meet smart people to improve my skills and build new technologies.

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