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Kenya: Philips Research Centre to Transform African ‘Society, Business and Government’
Source: Google Alert
Source Date: Friday, April 25, 2014
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, Internet Governance
Country: Kenya
Created: Apr 25, 2014

The centre will be located in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, at the Philips East African HQ. According to Philips the hub will work in close collaboration with the "R&D ecosystem" of Kenya and Africa, and the company claims it is currently in negotiations with local organisations and universities over R&D collaborations. The centre will also share knowledge and expertise with Philips research labs in Bangalore, Shanghai and the Dutch city of Eindhoven.
In addition to developing market ready models combining solar power with LED lighting, aimed at making clean and affordable lighting accessible to rural communities that are geographically unable to access grid networks, the centre will also work on areas including the development of smokeless cooking stoves which can reduce carbon dioxide emissions produced during cooking by 90%; affordable respiratory rate monitors to support the diagnosis of pneumonia; efficient community care treatment.
Kenya's cabinet secretary for industrialisation, Adan Mohammed said: "We lend our full support to the investment being made by Philips and look forward to the outcomes of their Africa-specific research and projects that can contribute to transforming society, business and government across the continent."
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