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Rwanda Opens First Smartphone Manufacturing Plant in the Country

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Rwandan President Paul Kagame officially launched a smartphone manufacturing plant in Kigali, the nation’s capital on Monday.

The Mara Group, a pan-African multi-sector business services company inaugurated Mara Phones manufacturing plant in Rwandan capital Kigali on Monday.

According to CNN, the first phones made in Rwanda rolled off the assembly line last week at the factory located at Kigali special economic zone. The factory employs about 200 people in Rwanda, 60% of whom are women.

Speaking at the ceremony, Rwandan President Paul Kagame said the introduction of Mara Phones would put smartphone ownership within reach of more Rwandans.

“The entire manufacturing process, from the motherboard all the way to the packaging of the phone is done in our newly-opened factory,” Eddy Sebera, Mara’s country manager for Rwanda, told CNN.

Mara is producing two types of smartphone in Rwanda: The Mara X with 16GB storage space which will retail for 120,250 francs ($130), while the more advanced Mara Z model with 32GB storage is on sale for around 175,750 francs ($190), the company said.

Photo Credit: @presidencyrwanda

4 Comments

  1. PARKS

    October 10, 2019 at 12:15 am

    Wow amazing..

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  2. Oma

    October 10, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    Bikonu, when are we ever getting here as a country? Negodu Rwanda mbochi a? When are we gonna wake up from this slumber we have been ‘enjoying?’ All over the world at the moment, citizens are protesting against bad governance but Nigerians are not even moving a limb!!! It makes me really really sad.

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  3. ALABI Taiwo Olatunji

    October 11, 2019 at 11:37 am

    As a country we are not ready for meaningful development. Its a shame! we have people who dont have nothing to offer in Govt.No vision, no plan, zero goals. Just being in power for the sake of it.

  4. Fleur

    October 12, 2019 at 4:33 am

    We will never get there with the status quo and the mentality of the average Nigerian. Until we believe that the development of the person at the bottom of the economic ladder means as much as the advancement of the people at the top, we will never get anywhere. Our vision of how society operates causes us to subconsciously favor a system and operations that create and/or perpetuate poverty among the general populace, i.e., those wey no get name so that a few can remain at the top.

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