Mozambique : broadliner Sahara Computers has launched its new assembly plant of Dzowo Computers in Mozambique. 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. This joint venture is thus a partnership between Sahara Computers and MICTI, a semi-government organization, forming Sahara ICT, Mozambique. MICTI is involved in various sectors including education, business incubation and a Science Park.
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 sq. meter ICT and component distribution plant to supply infrastructure and product to the region. This signature product range, named after the father of the nation, Eduardo Mondlane, will be marketed as a product range manufactured in Mozambique and distributed to a growing reseller network in the region.
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. The Trust will oversee projects that will include student bursaries and youth development. "In the long term the core focus is going to be the development of local business and entrepreneurs through the creation of dealerships and re-sellers throughout Mozambique. We will also explore the possibility of expanding capacity to export products to neighbouring countries," explains Atul Gupta, chairman of Sahara Computers.