Kenya’s mobile phone industry to receive ksh 1B government boost

ICT minister Joe Mucheru told an annual meeting of industry players that he is concerned over imports of 50 million telephone handsets every two years.

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“Why can’t we leverage on the skills available locally to manufacture these handsets that are suitable for our markets?” he asked.

ICT is one of the fastest growing sectors in Kenya’s economy due to demand for services like high speed internet access and mobile financial services like MPesa.

Kenya has 45.5 million mobile phone subscribers, data from the sector regulator shows.

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The subscribers use a range of imported mobile devices from companies like Apple, Samsung, Tecno and Huawei

 

But African nations like Kenya, who do not have a solid industrial base, have been trying to replace imports with local products.

The move is in order to save the hard currency and remove pressure

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