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IBM to open its 12th Global Research Lab in Kenya

Peter Nalika | Aug. 15, 2012
Kenya continues to be an attractive technology hub for various IT firms. At a lunch briefing with the Kenya ICT board , IBM announced that it will open its first African IBM Research lab in Nairobi. The Nairobi lab becomes the company's 12th global lab joining existing labs in Australia, Brazil, China, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Switzerland and the United States.

"IBM has had a presence in Africa for more than 60 years and we are now taking our presence to a new level," said Anthony Mwai, Country General Manager, East Africa. "As we build a great workforce in Africa that is aligned with national goals and help governments and industries envision and build Africa's future, we are establishing a foundation for IBM's long-term success."

Alongside its day-to-day business of providing advanced technologies and services to clients in Africa, IBM has deployed an array of programs aimed at building economic capacity such as IBM's employee volunteer program, Corporate Service Corps, which is modelled on the U.S. Peace Corps.An example, the company is working with the Postal Corporation of Kenya (PCK) to review the country's changing economic landscape and develop a plan to deliver financial services to rural areas.


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