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South Africa: Microsoft Invests U.S.$75 Million in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Others
Source: Google Alert
Source Date: Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: South Africa
Created: Mar 05, 2014

Affirming Microsoft's status as the no .1 go-to in the driving down of data costs especially for SMEs that often don't have the capital for IT infrastructure investment, he said that Nigeria was one of company's most important markets in Africa hence its upgrade of Microsoft Nigeria office to a single country subsidiary come its new Financial Year 2015 which will commence on July 1, 2014.
According to him, with Microsoft's rapid transition to devices, the corporation was set to double its efforts in skills investments, innovation support and access provision for people across the globe in general and Nigeria in particular, to create sustained economic opportunities.
A testament being the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Federal Ministry of Communications Technology to support the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Week.
Also speaking, Kabelo Makwane, the in-coming Country Manager, Microsoft Nigeria said the Nigeria office elevation became necessary because of the maturity of the market; immense opportunities that abound; fast economic growth; skills deposit as well as large enterprise that exist.
According to him, there is urgent need to support these all.
Makwane also noted that under the 4Afrika initiative which goal is the empowerment of African youth, Microsoft is already training 18 interns while one of its partners, Galaxy Backbone is training 50 with an explanation that 75 per cent of them will end up in Microsoft Ecosystem.
Addressing Microsoft's acquisition of NOKIA, Courtois explained that full possession will take place once every regulatory structure has been put in place.
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