Rwanda is continuing to promote itself an African technology hub with the recent announcement that a low-cost laptop computer, the Positivo BGH, is being produced in the country. The laptop costs around US$265 and is being marketed as ‘proudly made in Africa’. It will be sold in Rwanda, other parts of Africa and possibly even further afield.
Although the units are being manufactured in the capital city, Kigali, the business behind the project is South American technology company Positivo BGH (the same name as the computer). The website ‘Rwanda Eye’ quotes the company’s President for Africa, Juan Ignacio Ponelli, as saying: “It’s a strategic decision … to go global. We are a top company in technology but we are known really just in South America. So right now we decided to go global and chose here [Rwanda] to start the international arm for this group.”
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