TANZANIA has become the first country in East Africa to produce smartphones, thanks to 11.5bn/- investment between IPP Group of Companies and Dubai based Touchmate.

The company, IPP Touchmate Limited, the first in East Africa region, will produce 1,200 smartphones a day at its initial stage and employ some 2,000 people, majority being those with physical disabilities.

According to IPP Chairman Dr Reginald Mengi, the firm will make various affordable electronic gadgets, including home appliances to enable many to own them.

“We will begin production of smartphones and later laptops, smart watches, tablets, Bluetooth speakers and home appliances,” Dr Mengi told a packed news conference yesterday.

He said they have studied the market thoroughly and are ready to offer competitive products, high quality and durable in the market of international standard.

“We are ready to compete with importers of similar electronic gadgets in Africa in a unique way. Our products are made taking into consideration rural Africa electrification challenges,” Dr Mengi said.

He named such products as smartphones that can store power for seven days and some will double as power banks to charge other electronic gadgets to cater for rural electrification challenges.

The IPP Chairman said the tablet will  formed to help TCRA fight cybercrime, being conducted through promoting prostitution, deception and all other behaviours that lead to moral decay in the society.