Finally, Rwandans would be able to use laptops that are made in the country as Positivo launches its first batch of 30,000 laptops into the market this month.
The batch that will be distributed in schools to boost ICT teaching marks the first ever laptops manufactured in East Africa with softwares that meet the unique needs of Rwandans and other people in the region.
“We are proud that we are deploying our first ever manufactured units in Africa,” said Juan Ignacio Ponelli, the Positivo president in Africa during the ICT exhibition at transform Afirca2015 in Kigali on Wednesday.
POSITIVO BGH, a Latin American multinational, which manufactures laptops, computers, tablets, and other electronic gadgets, set up its manufacturing plant in Rwanda in June, 2014 with the capacity to produce 1 million units per year.
Ponelli says that laptops will produce yet another opportunity towards accessibility of devices thus boost technology transformation needed to drive economic growth in Rwanda as well as the region.
“The products will compete fairly in the market because they are going to be made in Africa and will be affordable,” he further added.
He adds, “It is not about brining hardware to people, it is about bringing solutions and education.”
Also, the company is expected to bring on the market smart phones manufactured in Rwanda by the end of this year, something likely to push up the use of smart phones in the country as well as digital literacy.
The idea is to bring reliable devices at affordable price and bring a better proportion of price than our competitors,” he noted.
Positivo is also working in eco system with startups in Rwanda to bring their home growth solutions for local needs in order to promote development through technology.