Tecno to set up an Assembly Plant in Nairobi with an aim of scooping Kshs 17 billion worth of laptop tenders. Tecno announced its intention to put up an assembly plant in Kenya for assembly of tablets with an aim of scooping the 17 billion government tender to supply laptops to governmental schools. By setting up the local plant, companies in the country eyeing the tender might be under threat.
Recently, a local university launched Taifa Laptop, a locally conceived and designed gadget and first to retail in Kenya. The Laptop now available in selected stores in Nairobi, will offer an opportunity to Kenyans to buy a homegrown innovation that is poised to transform the country’s technological landscape, as well as enhancing our sense of national pride in Kenyan products.
One of the key achievements aimed by the local university is to distribute the devices to schools and institutions and most importantly be part of the one child one laptop project by the government. However, the Chinese company has stated to be well aware of the education tenders in the African market which includes Kenya.
The company also feels eligible for the project considering its experience with assembling devices in the region as well as established connections in the same line. As of now, tecno has officially joined the PC world after the launch of the WinPad 10 in conjunction with Microsoft and Intel a device that plays as both tablet and Laptop designed to satisfy emerging markets by providing innovative, quality and affordable devices.
Also, rivals outside of Kenya might not be fully eligible to device tenders since tecno will have an upper hand of localization not only of the gadgets but also job provisions to locals. On the contrary, ICT Cabinet secretary in what that sounded like a closed deal made it clear that the government would now mainstream ICT in the country’s productive system including education sector.
Important to note, Taifa Laptop is a product of collaborative research output by progressive stakeholders including the Government of Kenya, who have a shared vision of making the country, not only a robust economy in the region and Africa, but also home to technological innovation.