IT company partners Chinese manufacturer to build smartphone assembly plant in Nigeria
Retail Development and Investment Company (RDIC), an indigenous information and communications technology (ICT) firm has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Shenzhen Jizhao Information Technology Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of tablet PCs and smart phones in China to build a smartphone and tablet PC assembly plant in Nigeria.
The MOU, recently signed by the two companies in Shenzhen, China, is aimed at building a world class assembly plant in Nigeria with a roll out capacity of 150,000 smart phones monthly.
Industry watchers say this is a smart move by the company as there is increased need for more mobile phones and computer assembly plants in the country, especially as reports have shown that the Sub Saharan African region has the highest mobile subscription growth rate, as smartphone adoption continues to rise in Nigeria, with smartphone sales increasing by 394 percent between 2014 and 2016, according to Jumia’s latest mobile trends report.
Speaking at the MOU signing event, Ejimofor Akah, Managing Director, RIDC said the initiative will leverage the unique expertise of both companies in promoting educational and social development of young Nigerians as well as contributing to the country’s industrialisation and economic development drive.
According to him, “RDIC is passionate about the development of the African Child because it believes that, given half the opportunity their counterparts in the western world have, the African child will excel in innovation and prosperity. This MOU will provide a sound pedestal for anchoring the much anticipated digital revolution in Nigeria, with its attendant educational and economic benefits.”
“The proposed assembly plant will, not only bring about the increased penetration of smart phones and tablet PCs that will assist Nigeria in playing catch up with its advanced counterparts in the fast changing technology world, but will also contribute immensely to the economic development of the country, in general, and the neighbouring communities in particular”, he continued.
Akah said the assembly plant will create hundreds of direct employment to the teeming Nigerians youths in the plant as well as thousands of indirect jobs in the areas of technical service providers, software development, trading. etc.
In his remarks, Cheng Saiping, Chairman of Board of Shenzhen Jizhao Information Technology Co., expressed the commitment of the company to deploying its signature technological edge to the project so as to ensuring a timely completion and the roll out of the most fashionable, vastly functional and the most competitive digital products to Nigerian customers at the times.
“In line with the provisions of the MOU, we are going to develop the software applications to drive the phones and tablet PCs, provide technical support to the assembly plant, including the manufacture of the relevant SKU parts, as well as facilitate training of locals in research and development”, Saiping said.
He further informed that Shenzhen Jizhao Information Technology Co has carved out a niche for itself as a company dedicated to achieving the best customer satisfaction through quality assurance, price and performance, product innovation, marketing support and after-sales service, long-term quality commitments to digital consuming electronics and high technology for providing a complete product range.
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