The American IT giant, Google, has chosen the Kenyan capital Nairobi for the establishment of the first development center for its products in Africa.
The new development center will help create “transformative” products and services for people in Africa and around the world, said Google vice president of products, Suzanne Frey.
This announcement is part of the American giant’s plan which, nearly seven months after revealing its plan to invest $1 billion in various projects in Africa for the next five years, aims to expand its base on the continent.
It will also provide employment opportunities for visionary engineers, product managers, user experience designers and researchers, and help lay the foundation for significant growth in the years to come, added Suzanne Frey. . Google’s mission in Africa is to make the internet useful to Africans and to partner with African governments, policymakers, businesses, educators, entrepreneurs to shape the next wave of innovation on this continent, she said.
The American IT giant will hire more than 100 technological talents on the African continent, including software engineers, researchers and designers over the next two years to help solve difficult and technical challenges, such as improving Smartphone experience for people in Africa or building a more reliable internet infrastructure, noted Ms. Frey. This is Google’s second major investment in research and development on the continent, following the establishment of a research and artificial intelligence center in Ghana in 2019.