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Museveni to Launch First Ugandan Made Phone Today

President Yoweri Museveni is Friday expected to launch Simi Mobile, the first mobile phone brand that’s fully assembled in Uganda.

The manufacturing and assembling factory established by Chinese electronics firm ENGO, is located in the Namanve Industrial Park.

Besides the cheap analogue and smartphone mobile phones, the plant will also be involved in making laptops.

According to the National Information Technology Authority, (NITA –U), the plant so far employs over 80 Ugandans.

Construction of the factory started in July this year.

The Simi Mobile plant already employs up to 80 Ugandans

Ares Chow Yu Qing, the executive director ENGO Holdings Limited revealed at the ground-breaking event in July that 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 plant will initially be making 100,000 handsets per month

“We will start will 100,000 gadgets per month. For computers, the target is one million a year – depending on demands. But we will bring more machines if the demands are high,” he said.

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