On Tuesday June 08 2021, the Minister of the Digital Economy, Telecommunications and Innovation, Mr. Roger Félix ADOM, received from the hands of VITIB officials, the very first computer and smartphone to come off the assembly line managed by CERCO Côte d'Ivoire, The assembly line is installed within the Village of Information Technologies and Biotechnology (VITIB), in Grand- Bassam, Cote d’Ivoire.
During this ceremony organized in the conference room on the 23rd floor of the Postel 2001 building, in Abidjan-Plateau, the Minister expressed his pride for this action which once again demonstrates that Côte d'Ivoire is a country which is now fully immersed in digital and innovation: "We dreamed it, they made it", he said, promising in turn to offer these received equipment to the President of the Republic of the Coast d'Ivoire, H.E. Alassane Ouattara. Ultimately, the objective is to achieve the government's vision, by providing quality equipment to the Ivorian administration and to every citizen.
The Director General of VITIB, Dr Philippe PANGO, for his part noted: “The assembly line located at VITIB has a capacity of 4,000 units / day and can assemble all types of electronic and computer equipment (LED lamps, laptops , smartphones, cameras, robots, etc.). The Grand-Bassam technology hub is once again proving that Africans take care of themselves, technologically”.
Dr. Alain Capo Chichi, CEO of the CERCO-CI group, focusing on smartphone technology, said: “The specificity of our smartphone comes from its cost and its accessibility. A super-application with a voice interface, allows citizens to request services in Baoulé or Malinké (Dioula), two local languages. CERCO Côte d'Ivoire has certified its manufacturing processes. The company is a name partner at MICROSOFT ET INTEL, which ensures the quality of the materials produced, as well as affordable prices for people here and elsewhere ".
Recall that it is within the framework of a loan agreement with Exim Bank of India, for an amount of 20 million USD, that the State of Côte d'Ivoire has financed and carried out six (06) technological projects, one of which is a computer assembly line.
The implementation of this project was conducted by the ZBTIC Steering Committee, a body set up by the Government. This Committee is also chaired by VITIB’s CEO, Dr Philippe PANGO.