Uganda’s first ICT Manufacturing and assembling factory is set to export 18,000 phones to Morocco. These include Ugandan-made smart phones and feature phones. The factory produces 2,500 phones per day which is enough to supply both domestic market and create a surplus for export. Investment minister Evelyn Anite Saturday flagged off the first batch of Ugandan made mobile phones manufactured by Uganda’s first phone manufacturing plant (SIMI Technologies) to Morocco.
She said this is a step towards reducing Uganda’s import bill on ICT products and boosting export earnings. “Not only is this plant contributing to the economic growth and development of Uganda but it’s immensely helping in building local capacity through transfer of ICT knowledge and skills.”
In addition to manufacturing phones and laptops, SIMI Technologies has also started manufacturing protective eyewear and affordable. Digital Temperature Guns which will go for as low as UGX 50,000shs in an effort to help fight against the COVIDー19 pandemic.
SIMI Mobile Uganda currently provides employment to over 400 youths and this is as a result of government prioritising investment in industrial parks to support industrialisation and create quality jobs.