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Can Kenya Successfully Establish Efficient and Affordable Smartphone Manufacturing?

There were 503.14 million smartphone subscriptions in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2021, and the number of smartphone subscriptions in Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to reach 798 million by 2027, based on the steady growth seen in earlier years. Despite this valuable potential to establish a notable presence in the global industry, the production and assembly of mobile devices remain concentrated in countries such as China, Hong Kong, the United States, Vietnam, Taiwan, etcetera. However, this is not to say countries of the continent are devoid of phone production capabilities. Over the years, there have been efforts by some African nations like South Africa, the Republic of Congo, and Egypt to develop their local mobile phone manufacturing capabilities and contribute to the global supply chain. The latest in this quest is Kenya. The Kenyan government recently announced plans to roll out its first batch of locally manufactured smartphones in July.