Rwanda Launches First ‘Made in Africa’ Smartphones


President Kagame together with other officials (L-R); Ashish Thakkar, the CEO of the Mara Group, Clare Akamanzi, the chief executive of Rwanda Development Board and the Minister for ICT and Innovation Paula Ingabire inspect one of the production units of Mara Phones. The plant, once at full capacity, will be able to manufacture up to one million phones a year. The firm targets regional and the continental market for their smartphones. Photo/Village Urugwiro.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame Monday officiated the launch of Mara Phones manufacturing plant, which will make smartphones in the country.

The first ‘made in Rwanda’ phones rolled off the assembly line last week, the presidency said, through a partnership with Mara Group.

“The Mara Phone joins a growing list of high-quality products that are made in our country… It is another milestone on our journey to high-tech, ‘made-in-Rwanda’ industry,” President Kagame said.

In a series of tweets from the presidency, Kagame was quoted saying: “The introduction of Mara Phones will put smartphone ownership within reach of more Rwandans.”