Technology firm Microsoft unveiled a research and development center in Nairobi tasked with producing innovative solutions. The facility, named Africa Development Center (ADC) and which is the first of its kind in Africa, will help the multinational grow its market share across the continent in the rise of increased technology uptake in various economic sectors. Local engineers will be hired by the center to be tasked with working on cutting-edge technology tailored for the local and global markets.
It is the seventh globally, with plans underway to open another one in Lagos, Nigeria, later in the year. The firm has set aside Sh 10 billion for the two centers in Africa over the next five years.
“The ADC will be unlike any other existing investment on the continent. It will help us better listen to our customers, develop locally and scale for global impact,” Phil Spencer, and executive sponsor of the ADC at Microsoft said in a statement.
Besides all the benefits, it is also an opportunity to engage more with local partners, academics, governments and developers. Aimed at driving impact and innovation in sectors important to Africa. The unveiling of the new centre, which will initially be based at Microsoft’s main office, comes a year after it launched its first software testing hub in Africa. The investments in the centres are part of Microsoft’s ongoing plans for enabling digital transformation, bridging gaps in infrastructure, connectivity and capability while creating sustained societal impact on the continent.