Friday, July 19, 2024

Over 390,000 locally assembled phones already bought, says CS Owalo

The launch of locally assembled smartphones is gaining popularity as over 390,000 units have already been purchased since October 2023.

Revealing the Information, Communications, and the Digital Economy Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo who said that the smartphones are gaining a huge market demand which indicates future success.

Speaking during the launch of the Jitume Project at Seme Technical and Vocational College in Kisumu County, the CS emphasized that the project will bridge the gap in technology and cut the demand of smartphones from China and Korea.

“We recognise that many Kenyans still lack access to smartphones. The government, in collaboration with the private sector, has initiated the assembly of affordable Kenyan smartphones locally. This means we won’t need to import phones from countries like China or Korea,” he said

He continued by saying that the smartphone will enable people access government services with ease thus eliminating the need to visit government offices.

“These smartphones come with all essential features, allowing users to access government services conveniently from anywhere. There will no longer be a need to visit government offices in person.

It will be a direct interaction between you as a Kenyan, your phone, and the government. You won’t need to know anyone in a government office to access these services. You will be able to apply for an ID or a passport virtually,” said the CS

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