Egypt's government has signed a partnership agreement with Samsung for the manufacturing of educational tablets in the North African country. The contract is reported to last for five years with the specifications of the tablets to be manufactured in Egypt being updated every two years.

The partnership with Samsung to manufacture educational tablets locally is part of the Egyptian government's strategy to localize the country's technology sector.

Samsung tablets factory in Egypt

In previous talks, the South Korean technology company had indicated that it was willing to invest approximately $30 million to establish a tablet factory in Egypt with a capacity to produce up to one million devices every year. This amount is rumored to be a similar amount to what Samsung will now be investing in setting up the tablet factory in Egypt.

This agreement and the announcement of the Samsung tablet factory comes after the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in Egypt had discussions with various technology companies earlier in 2021.

The aim of the discussions and negotiations was to determining the best possible offers for the manufacturing of tablets in Egypt.

Importance of local manufacturing

Recently, the Nigerian government announced a technology transfer program as well as its intentions to manufacture non-commercial helicopters locally.

Just like Egypt's plans to manufacture tablets locally, these are commendable initiatives by African governments as they will have wide-spread impact if executed on accordingly.

The impact of local manufacturing goes beyond the actual products being manufactured and among other benefits includes job creation, improvement in research and development, and activating the supply chain of other companies that need to support this manufacturing.

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