IBM is opening its first IBM Research lab on the African continent. IBM Research – Africa will open in Nairobi, Kenya, in collaboration between the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) through the Kenya ICT Board.
The Lab will conduct basic and applied research focused on solving problems relevant to Africa. Key research areas that will be explored by IBM Research – Africa include next generation public sector, smarter cities, and human capacity development. The new lab will also establish a Resident Scientist Program, an international recruitment program to reach Kenyan and other African applicants.
IBM Research – Africa will join existing labs in Australia, Brazil, China, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Switzerland and the United States.
IBM Investment in Africa
IBM says it is making a significant investment in Africa, the world’s fastest growing region, ramping up its profile on the continent as part of its focus on emerging markets. The expansion program is part of a business plan to increase IBM’s presence in growth markets. IBM is present in more than 20 African countries.
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