Microsoft Unveils $27M Facility in Nairobi
- Launch of office and labs for Microsoft’s regional engineering hub Africa Development Centre was graced by President Uhuru Kenyatta
- Uhuru noted that Microsoft has also partnered with local universities and start-ups to provide training and skills to create job opportunities for over 200,000 young Kenyans.
- Microsoft’s ADC is one of the largest software engineering facilities in Africa and sets the standard for a new generation of technology hubs across the continent.
NAIROBI, 25th March 2022 –Tech giant Microsoft, on Thursday evening unveiled a $27 million dollars facility consisting of an office and laboratories for its Africa Development Centre (ADC) in Nairobi.
The ADC is the American firm’s foremost engineering hub in the region.
The event was graced by Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, who termed the launch a “seminal development” that underlines the international recognition of Kenya’s abundant high-tech workforce capabilities, business opportunities and conducive investment environment.
“As a premier centre of research and development for Microsoft, we all remain confident that you – together with our young men and women – will build a local world class talent and create innovative technological solutions that will yield global positive impacts,” President Kenyatta pointed out.
The centre is one of the largest software engineering facilities in Africa and sets the standard for a new generation of technology hubs across the continent.
“As technology takes centre stage in the global economy and as the way we conduct business evolves before our very own eyes, tonight we are again shattering yet another glass ceiling and once again cementing Kenya’s place as Africa’s leading technology powerhouse,” the President said.
He noted that Microsoft has also partnered with local universities and start-ups to provide training and skills to create job opportunities for over 200,000 young Kenyans in support of the digital economy, saying the company has become a strong and true partner to Kenya since the setting up of its office in the country.
“The sustained investments in the ICT sector continue to enable our youth to prepare for a dignified digital-driven future of work opportunities in areas such as block chain, artificial intelligence, remote work, online marketplaces and new national and global e-business opportunities,” the President said.
Microsoft Vice President Ms. Joy Chik said the new facility is among other development centres across the globe that are geared towards training world class engineers who will create global products and services.
She pointed out that the centre has already employed more than 450 engineers in Kenya as well as 500 employees in other areas.
“We have already surpassed the 500 engineers we originally pledged to hire by 2023. Today, the Africa development centre employs about 570 engineers working on identity and network access, mixed reality, Microsoft 365 as well as connected services and experiences,” she said.
Microsoft Africa Development Centre Managing Director Jack Ngare also spoke at the event attended by senior Government officials led by Head of Public Service Dr Joseph Kinyua and Ministry of ICT CS Joe Mucheru.