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Africa Analysis: Kenya's ICT lab is just the beginning


10 September 2012

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IBM recently announced its plan of setting up a research lab in Kenya. The lab, 'IBM-Research - Africa' will conduct basic and applied research in different areas with the use of modern technology to improve government efficiency. However, IBM's choice of Kenya for its African research lab is not the end of private-sector tech investment for other countries, says Linda Nordling, journalist at SciDev.net

Kenya's claim to being Africa's leader in information and communication technologies (ICT) got a boost last month, when IBM announced it would place its first African research lab in the country's capital Nairobi.

The announcement, on 13 August, is a feather in Kenya's cap. Like other African nations, it is looking to the private sector to pad out national spending on research and development (R&D) and boost innovation.

By getting the lab, Kenya joins countries like Australia, Brazil, China, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Switzerland and the United States, which host the computer giant's other research units.

'IBM Research – Africa' will conduct basic and applied research in areas including the use of modern technology to improve government efficiency, root out corruption and manage city services, such as water utilities and traffic control.

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Source : SciDev

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