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Nigeria: IBM to Establish Innovation Centre in Nigeria
Source: http://businessdayonline.com/2013/09/ibm-to-establish-innovation-centre-in-nigeria/
Source Date: Thursday, September 12, 2013
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Thematic Website, Knowledge Management in Government, Citizen Engagement
Country: Nigeria
Created: Sep 12, 2013

Omobola Johnson, Minister of Communication Technology, has commended IBM for its renewed commitment to partner the Federal Government to develop the ICT industry in Nigeria. As part of IBMs renewed focus and commitment to Africa and Nigeria in particular, Rometty also announced that IBM would be leveraging its extensive ICT curriculum to train thousands of young Nigerians and fund ICT research projects in Nigeria. Such initiatives would prepare them to solve major IT issues and challenges. The technology company would in the short to medium term be establishing an Innovation Centre in Nigeria that would complement existing centres in South Africa and Kenya.
In her remarks, Ginni Rometty emphasised that IBM is committed to Nigeria’s ICT development agenda and is poised to partner with the Communications Technology sector on various initiatives and programmes that will impact positively on the economy as IBM continues to invest in key focus areas of technology development in Nigeria and Africa. Johnson commended IBM for their renewed focus and commitment to Nigeria after a long history of operations in Nigeria. She stated that IBM’s investment in an innovation centre, research funding and training and development of local skills was a welcome response to the Ministry’s continued call for multi-national IT companies to partner with the Ministry to develop a local ICT industry that can take advantage of the tremendous opportunities in the ICT sector.
She expressed confidence that other multi-nationals would follow the bold steps of IBM and commit to a mutually beneficial partnership arrangements that reflected the volumes of business they were doing in the country.
By Ben Uzor Jr


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