Chinese firm to set up computer manufacturing in Zimbabwe

Computer Circuit Board Harland Quarrington Wikimedia CommonsThe computer manufacturing facility will create employment for local ICT graduates. (Image source: Harland Quarrington/Wikimedia Commons)The government of Zimbabwe has signed an agreement with China-based Inspur group for the manufacture of computers in the south African nation

According to the agreement, the Chinese multinational information technology firm and the government of Zimbabwe will form a joint venture computer manufacturing company in the country, which will manufacture 50,000 computers every year.

“The government of Zimbabwe and the office of the president and cabinet in particular, profoundly appreciates this development and level of co-operation between the two parties,” said Dr. Misheck Sibanda, chief secretary to the president and cabinet, who signed on behalf of the Zimbabwe government.

Sun Pishu, president of the Inspur group, signed for his company. At the signing ceremony, he said that his company wanted to play its part in reviving the Zimbabwean economy. “Inspur wants to provide technology to better serve Zimbabwe and the people of Zimbabwe,” he said.

The agreement is expected to create employment for local ICT graduates and stimulate Zimbabwe’s economic recovery, while also resulting in establishment of other industries further down the value chain.

The deal will also result in the development of a National Information Data Centre, a high performance computer system, a high tech park, an e-taxation project, an e-immigration project and an e-education project.

Inspur is headquartered in Jinan, Shandong, China and its business activities include server manufacturing and software development.

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