Sahara Computers has opened an assembly plant in Mozambique where Dzowo Computers will be assembled.
The official opening of the PC assembly operation was a landmark achievement for the Mozambique Information & Communication Technology (MICTI) organisation and Sahara, and stemmed from a memorandum of understanding reached between the company and its host country in 2007. The joint venture is a partnership between Sahara Computers and MICTI, Sahara ICT, Mozambique.
The agreement made provision for a 3000 unit-per-month plant that will assemble and distribute laptop and desktop units. It represents the preliminary stage of the launch of a 5 000 square-meter ICT and component distribution plant to supply infrastructure and product to the region.
The assembly operation will focus on the introduction of the Dzowo product range. “We are delighted that progress has been made and we are proud to have co-launched this very important and significant element of trade and commerce in Mozambique," says Sahara MD and chairman Atul Gupta.
"The realisation of this assembly plant is a result of the partnership we have established with the government’s science and technology, as well as trade and commerce departments. There is a great deal of expectation and anticipation over what the plant will mean for the people of Mozambique and the socio-economic development of the country."
Representatives from Sahara and MICTI say the objectives include the set-up of additional assembly operations for PCs, laptops and digital lifestyle product; job creation; helping to streamline technology and maintenance and support of IT product services as well as provide skills transfer and training. For every PC that is assembled and sold an amount will be donated to the Dzowo Trust, which will oversee projects that will include student bursaries and youth development.