AFRICANGLOBE – Technology giant IBM has opened its first research lab in Nairobi making Kenya the premier location for IBM labs in the continent. The research lab, a collaboration between the Kenya government and IBM East Africa, will contribute to the country’s national priorities as part of Kenya’s Vision 2030 Agenda.
Establishment of the Research Lab deal was agreed upon in a meeting between President Mwai Kibaki and the IBM Corporation global CEO Ginni Rometty at Harambee House. During the talks, President Kibaki said the lab will not only drive innovation but also increase the momentum already established in cutting-edge money technology, create high level jobs and bring significant prestige to Kenya.
President Kibaki termed as timely, establishment of the research lab coming on the heels of Konza Technology City Conference in which the country rallied to attract investors into Africa’s Savanah ICT Park that will drive Kenya towards achieving middle income status.
Rometty said IBM would provide specialists, intellectual property and operate the lab as part of its world-class network of research labs. She added that IBM will integrate leading African scientists and engineers from the government and the industry to expand its operations in key growth markets to bring the continent into the global network of research laboratories.