Nigeria and Kenya have been listed as first batch of African nations that would benefited from Microsoft Corp’s proposed 100 million dollars investment for an Africa technology development centre with sites in Nigeria and Kenya over the next five years.
The development, if materialized, would have Microsoft hire more than 100 local engineers to work in the new Africa facility in both countries to customise its applications for the African market and to develop new ones for the continent and beyond.
In a statement issued on Tuesday by Microsoft, it said that the investment was an opportunity to collaborate with partners, academia, governments and developers, driving impact and innovation in sectors important to the continent,” the company said, citing financial technology, farming technology and off grid energy.
It stated that engineers at the new Africa development centre would build applications using artificial intelligence, mixed reality and machine learning, Microsoft said.
According to the tech builder, the company already has six other development hubs located elsewhere in the world.
“The new Africa development hub will also support Microsoft’s established businesses such as Office, Azure and Windows”,, it hinted.
Meanwhile, Global tech giants, including Alphabet Inc and Facebook, have been increasing investment on the continent in recent years to take advantage of growing economies with rising access rates to the internet by a youthful population.