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Africa Beckons, but Is Electronics Ready?

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Wale Bakare
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Re: interesting
Wale Bakare   1/6/2013 7:05:10 PM
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I think Africa has just embarked on the journey of technology boom. Although, dual carriage efforts are still needed from both the governments & other stakeholders to accelerate  the development and building a sustainable roadmap.

garyk
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Re: Africa Beckons, but Is Electronics Ready?
garyk   12/5/2012 7:15:50 PM
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Barbara,

You stated NO Name Tablet. What is a NO Name Table? It has tobe a copy of  some thing some one wants hidden!!!

Barbara Jorgensen
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Re: Africa Beckons, but Is Electronics Ready?
Barbara Jorgensen   12/5/2012 5:53:00 PM
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Hi garyk: I don't see that reference in the above blog or my editor's note this week, but I'll try to answer your question: there are reports of Chinese knockoffs of tablets and e-readers; I've heard less about PCs. Also, many PC brands manufacture in China and that doesn't necessarily make them counterfeit. Maybe I'm misreading your questions/comment?

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Africa Beckons, but Is Electronics Ready?
garyk   12/5/2012 3:12:57 PM
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Barbara,

Your Editor's BOLG is interesting. Your comment CHINA is Selling Millions fo tablet PC's across the continent. Does't this mean counterfeit PC's or technology and designs they stole from contract manufactures that they control in there country?

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The Rise of Africa
kjosefschmidt   12/4/2012 4:41:05 PM
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Since World War II, suppliers have continuously gravitated towards lower cost regions. We first experienced it in the US as suppliers moved from the Rust Belt to the South in the '50s and '60s to avoid unions. Then we watched companies move towards Mexico and the Far East and now, suppliers are moving from the first tier cities in China to second and third tier cities. The question is not will the suppliers move to Africa but when. However, electronic suppliers are skilled risk managers and until the payoff exceeds the risk, they will reluctant to make a commitment. As of today, the social, political, and economic risks in Africa remain too high to make a serious investment.

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interesting
FLYINGSCOT   12/2/2012 3:36:46 PM
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Does the bulk of Africa have the necessary infrastructure and stability to support a significant consumer class?  In the West we only hear of doom and gloom stories from Africa so it is refreshing to discuss the hope of Africa becoming a player on the global stage. 

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Anna young   12/2/2012 7:14:05 AM
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 Prabhakar, Africa a onetime dumping ground for western products surplus is rapidly emerging as a valuable market for electronics technology. What's interesting is, African consumer is dictating the demands for good quality devices combined with affordable prices tailored to the continents environment. Second hand electronics market is in decline. Reports have revealed that consumer expenditure in 2010 alone was worth more than $600bn - 8% of consumer spending in the emerging markets. this is projected  to increase over $1trillion by 2020. This is indeed the Rise of Africa.

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Anna young   12/2/2012 6:41:49 AM
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Thanks for the link.  Wale, the sources of these technology based good is reported to be both global and local.  Reports have shown that sizeable proportions of goods are exported by China. Large proportion of its exports worth over $60bn a year, are technology based manufactured products. For example, communications equipment and other electronics machinery accounts for 40% of china's exports to the continent.  Asian companies, are also taking advantage of this market growth. They are making impressive inroads into the continent. What a transformation!

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Re: Electronics Look Promising
Anna young   12/2/2012 5:42:13 AM
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 @Wale, thank you for your contribution. Yes business is booming for Africa's technology based consumer goods market. I also share your optimism for a reliable electricity generation in Africa. It is imperative in this electronics technology growth market.

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prabhakar_deosthali   12/2/2012 1:45:58 AM
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OH AFRICA!  - That is something refreshing to the mind - always reading about China, Korea,India .

Yes! Africa is a huge continent and a fast growing population but so far the Electronic Industry's view about this continent has been to treat it as a set of  underdeveloped  economies with people having no money to spend on the state of art products - to treat it as a dumping ground for obsolete products recovered from waste.

Anna , you have now opened doors to this new outlook to this marketplace which is ready to embrace the latest  in electronics .

Education of the masses is the key to groom this market especially the younger generation.

 

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