Microsoft has had presence in Africa for close to 30 years and has seen witnessed growth in the continent, including tremendous innovation from the people to increased internet connectivity and everything in between.
To further enable and empower our people, Microsoft today launched its first Africa Development Centre (ADC). With two initial sites in Nairobi, Kenya and Lagos, Nigeria, the ADC will serve as a premier centre of engineering for Microsoft, where world-class African talent can create solutions for local and global impact.
Microsoft plans to staff these centers using local Engineering talent sourced from across the continent. The company also intends to recruit 100 full-time engineers by the end of the year – expanding to 500 across the two sites by 2023.
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. Beyond that, it’s an opportunity to engage further with partners, academia, governments, and developers – driving impact in sectors important to the continent, such as FinTech, AgriTech and OffGrid energy.Phil Spencer, executive sponsor of the ADC and executive vice president at Microsoft
The ADC supports Microsoft’s mission to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. The ADC is the first Global Development Centre in Africa with a combined expected investment of US $100 million over the first five years of operation.
Source: Microsoft News