Lagos — IBM has launched the Africa Innovation Centre, the first of its kind on the continent to drive information technology skills development and address business challenges in the economic growth of Sub-Saharan Africa.
The new centre, launched recently is part of IBM's $120 million, two-year investment through to 2009 that includes new market expansion initiatives and houses Africa's first cloud computing centre.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the centre, Mrs. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa, said, "We are highly energised by IBM's investment because it directly responds to our call for increased private sector investment into sustainable initiatives that advance priority technical skills. It is also encouraging that the company's plant integrate the entire Sub-Saharan Africa, assures us that in the long term, we will secure a thriving South Africa in a prosperous region."
"The Africa Innovation Centre is a landmark investment for IBM because it represents our commitment to be a partner in the continent's growth agenda," said Steve Mills, Senior Vice President and Group Executive, IBM Software Group.
This commitment is backed by IBM's globally integrated enterprise strategy driven by a newly created IBM Growth Markets Organisation to accelerate the company's performance in rapidly expanding markets including Africa.
IBM is already working with almost 300 software companies in Sub-Saharan Africa. The new centre will offer access to IBM's global network of 39 IBM Innovation Centres and 60 research and development labs.