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IBM in Africa

IBM CEO GINNI ROMETTY MEETS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS IN NIGERIA

IBM is accelerating its commitment to Africa and helping both businesses and governments on the continent to leapfrog the innovation divide. Earlier this year, the company announced a $100 million investment to bring Watson and other cognitive systems to Africa to fuel development across the continent in an ambitious 10 year project.

IBM has a long history in Africa and is taking its role as a technology leader seriously, helping to boost the capacities of Africa’s people and institutions – including skills, technology infrastructure, governance and basic science and research. IBM believes Africa is a substantial market for IBM products and services, and an important source of employment talent.

In 2013, IBM opened the doors of its first African Research Laboratory, the 12th globally and part of IBM's $6 billion annual spend on research alone. The facility is conducting research into the grand challenges of the African continent, drawing insight from vast amounts of data to find solutions to Africa's most pressing challenges such as energy, water, transportation, agriculture and healthcare.

In the past 5 years alone, the company has set up offices in Angola, Mauritius, Tanzania, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya. That's in addition to the 17 countries being served as part of a contract to provide one of the continent's telecommunications leaders with information technology services to run its widespread mobile phone operations.   

IBM supports hundreds of clients across the continent, from helping bank the unbanked in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to leading edge mobile banking across East and West Africa, including a cloud solution for West African service provider Surfline Communications to expand mobile data services. In South Africa, IBM is helping a major insurer use predictive analytics to halt fraudulent insurance claims and also working with a key research institute on new treatments for Tuberculosis.

News releases
Date Title
20 Jun 2014 IBM Experts Work With African Leaders on Workforce Development and Public Health Strategies
17 Jun 2014 Tunisia's Zitouna Bank Chooses IBM Cloud For Core Banking Systems, Mobile, Internet Services
17 Jun 2014 IBM Builds a Cloud Ecosystem in Egypt with New Technology and Skills
22 May 2014 Zambian Government and IBM Provide Improved Access to Life Saving Drugs
24 Mar 2014 KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute and IBM Research Fight Tuberculosis in South Africa
07 Feb 2014 IBM Fuels Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Africa
06 Feb 2014 IBM Brings Watson to Africa
06 Feb 2014 IBM opens access to SaaS portfolio to help African Universities with next-generation IT skills
03 Feb 2014 IBM Named an Innovation Leader in Big Data in Sub-Saharan Africa, Notes Frost & Sullivan
27 Jan 2014 IBM Study Identifies How African Businesses Can Overcome the Technology Adoption Gap
07 Jan 2014 Nedbank Taps into IBM Analytics to Improve Customer Experience by Leveraging Social Insights
19 Nov 2013 IBM Partners with the UICC to Use Big Data to Build Cancer Registries in Developing Nations
08 Nov 2013 IBM Opens Doors of First African Research Lab - Continent's Grand Challenges in its Sights
24 Oct 2013 IBM Provides Advice For Angola's Energy, Tourism and Education Sectors
23 Oct 2013 UNICEF Draws on IBM Analytics to Give a Voice to Youth in Africa
09 Oct 2013 Surfline Communications Selects IBM Cloud to Expand across West Africa
12 Sep 2013 IBM Named As a Leader in IDC MarketScape on Worldwide Cloud Professional Services Vendor Assessment
05 Jul 2013 IBM announces Morocco Global Delivery Center, creates up to 400 New Technology Roles
14 Jun 2013 IBM Helps Women’s Cooperatives in Tangier Become More Profitable
14 Jun 2013 IBM Helps Nigeria's Lagos State Design a Transportation System for Future Growth
23 May 2013 Uganda Selects IBM and Waterfund to Benchmark Water Infrastructure
08 May 2013 IBM Innovation Center Opens in Kenya
11 Apr 2013 IBM Report: Technology Holds the Key to Economic and Social Reform in Accra, Ghana
27 Mar 2013 Keystone Bank Adopts IBM Smarter Computing Solution to Drive Business Transformation Agenda
22 Mar 2013 IBM Taps Big Data to Help Solve Water Challenges Across South Africa
18 Mar 2013 IBM Helps Nigeria's Ekiti State Improve Its Governance and Education Capabilities
11 Mar 2013 Big Bang Meets Big Data: South Africa Joins ASTRON and IBM to Build the Foundation for a New Era of Computing
31 Jan 2013 IBM Helps McDonald’s Serve Up Social Collaboration To Transform Workforce
31 Jan 2013 Kenyan Universities Work with IBM to Develop IT Leaders of the Future
29 Nov 2012 Ghana's Fidelity Bank Turns to IBM to Power Next Phase of Growth
20 Nov 2012 RAWBANK Adopts IBM Smarter Computing Solution to Drive Business Growth and Expansion
16 Nov 2012 IBM Helps Senegalese City of Thies Plan for Economic Growth
08 Nov 2012 IBM Develops Plan to Help Moroccan Farmers Boost Skills, Production
10 Oct 2012 IBM Presents Plan to Speed Timely Agricultural Information to Tanzanian Farmers
26 Sep 2012 IBM Presents Proposed Roadmap in Support of Creative Industries in Kenya to Drive Economic Growth
06 Sep 2012 IBM Strengthens Operations in Morocco with New Branch in Rabat
13 Aug 2012 New IBM Research Lab to Open In Kenya
09 Aug 2012 Leading Egyptian Dairy and Juice Manufacturer and Distributor Increases Business Efficiencies Through IBM Integrated Solutions
03 Aug 2012 IBM Plan Seeks To Map Growth and Optimize Revenue Collection In Accra, Ghana
25 Jul 2012 IBM to Boost Technical Skills in Mauritius
04 Jul 2012 IBM Supports Accelerated Adoption of Technology in Tanzania
28 Jun 2012 IBM Recommends Strategy to Help Improve Cervical Cancer Screening and Treatment in Kenya
12 Jun 2012 Stellenbosch University and IBM Help Meet Growing Business Demand For Technical Skills
11 May 2012 IBM Team Finds Innovative Use of Technology Could Ease Nairobi’s Traffic Jams
14 Mar 2012 IBM Expands Presence in Africa with Branch Office in Mauritius
07 Mar 2012 IBM Report: Technology Holds the Key to Nairobi's Development and Increased Competitiveness
21 Dec 2011 African Banks Turn to IBM to Support New Wave of Innovation in Banking Services
24 Nov 2011 IBM Continues Expansion in Africa with New Procurement Operations in West Africa
26 Oct 2011 Kenya Petroleum Refineries Selects Advanced IBM Technologies to Transform Operations
06 Oct 2011 Leaders Debate Nairobi’s Course to Becoming a Smarter City
21 Sep 2011 IBM Boosts Commitment to Africa, Doubles Employee Leadership Development and Public Service Program
19 Sep 2011 IBM Boosts Africa Expansion With New Angola Office
03 Aug 2011 IBM Helps to Support Kenya's Electronic Government Development Goals
12 Jul 2011 Bharti Airtel announces agreement with IBM for comprehensive IT solutions to employees across 16 African countries
11 Jul 2011 IBM Volunteer Team Supports Poverty Relief Goals As Part Of Nigeria's Millennium Development Project
30 Jun 2011 IBM and University of Ghana Sign Collaboration Agreement to Support Skills Development and IT Growth
29 Jun 2011 Commercial Bank of Ethiopia Signs Strategic Deal with IBM to Modernize Core Banking Systems and Support Launch of 500 New Branches
01 Jun 2011 IBM Continues Africa Expansion with New Office in Tanzania
16 May 2011 IBM Expands Further Into Africa, Opens Senegal Subsidiary
31 Mar 2011 Cameroon Ministry of Finance Selects IBM Mainframe System
06 Apr 2011 IBM Helps Bring Smarter Healthcare to Nigeria's Cross River State
24 Feb 2011 IBM Deploys 1,000th Corporate Service Corps Volunteer
09 Feb 2011 Senegal Ministry of Finance Selects Two IBM Mainframe Servers
14 Jan 2011 Bharti airtel and IBM Finalize Agreement to Transform Mobile Communications in Africa
24 Jun 2010 Banks In Growth Markets Select IBM Power Systems to Gain Business Insight and Accelerate Growth
06 May 2010 IBM Supports Transformation of Nigerian Banking Industry
08 Apr 2010 IBM and Tanzanian Government Sign Collaboration Agreement
14 Dec 2009 Saving Lives with SMS for Life
24 Nov 2009 IBM Mainframe Deployed in Namibia for the First Time

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  • IBM Experts Help Kenyan Students Code for Cloud

    IBM Experts Help Kenyan Students Code for Cloud

    Date added: 20 Jun 2014

    In May 2014, IBM Corporate Service Corps team members helped train 50 students at Strathmore University in Kenya on the latest application development, project management, product development and commercialization skills. To hone their expertise in building, integrating and deploying applications and services within and via the digital cloud, students received training on IBM's Bluemix. They developed mobile apps that address real-life African grand challenges pertaining to agriculture, security, micro-finance and vehicular traffic. (Credit: Hoong Sheng Loh / IBM)

  • Cloud's Silver Lining Forecast for Africa

    Cloud's Silver Lining Forecast for Africa

    Date added: 17 Jun 2014

    With nine in every 10 African IT leaders listing cloud as critical to business success, governments and companies across the continent are already identifying innovative ways to leverage the technology -- leapfrogging regional challenges and eye new solutions to export to developed markets (Credit: IBM)

  • Zitouna Bank Chooses IBM Cloud for Transformation

    Zitouna Bank Chooses IBM Cloud for Transformation

    Date added: 17 Jun 2014

    Zitouna Bank's headquarters in Tunis, Tunisia. The bank selected IBM cloud capabilities to transform its core banking platform and develop new services for customers, such as mobile and Internet banking. These capabilities are based on IBM Power Systems and other servers, IBM PowerVM virtualization software, IBM Storwize V7000 storage systems, and IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack cloud management software. IBM Global Technology Services is providing implementation, maintenance and disaster recovery services, as well as training for the bank’s staff (Credit: Zitouna Bank and IBM)

  • IBM in medicine supply chain pilot project with Zambian Health Ministry

    IBM in medicine supply chain pilot project with Zambian Health Ministry

    Date added: 22 May 2014

    A young boy shows and his baby sister at a health center in Zambia. The Ministry of Health has tapped IBM to provide 2190 clinics with improved access to 200 life saving drugs. Photo Credit - UNICEF Zambia.

  • Image of Mother and Child

    Zambian Ministry of Health gets IBM Analytics Prescription

    Date added: 22 May 2014

    A child receives a life saving vaccine at a health clinic in Zambia. The public health sector Zambia registers 100,000 deaths annually due to preventable and curable diseases, often because of challenges in getting drugs to remote clinics. Zambia's Health Ministry is working with IBM to pioneer a new mobile phone based supply chain delivery model to ensure medicine availability.. Photo Credit - UNICEF Zambia.

  • IBM CEO at CIO Leadership Exchange, Casablanca Morocco

    CIO Leadership Exchange, Casablanca Morocco

    Date added: 08 Feb 2014

    IBM Chairman, President and CEO, Ginni Rometty addressed business and government leaders at the opening of IBM's CIO Leadership Exchange in Casablanca, Morocco today as part of IBM's commitment to advance technology adoption in Africa. (Courtesy: IBM)

  • IBM CEO Meets Moroccan Minister of State

    IBM CEO Meets Moroccan Minister of State

    Date added: 08 Feb 2014

    IBM Chairman, President and CEO Ginni Rometty (L) met the Moroccan Minister of State Abdellah Baha (R) to discuss IBM's ongoing commitment to Morocco to advance technology and skills across Africa on Friday, February 7, 2014 in Rabat, Morocco. (Feature Photo Service for IBM)

  • Leaders of IBM Research Africa Meet with Students at the University of Lagos

    Leaders of IBM Research Africa Meet with Students at the University of Lagos

    Date added: 07 Feb 2014

    At the University of Lagos in Nigeria, IBM Research Chief Scientist, Uyi Stewart (center, left) and Research Director, Kamal Bhattacharya meet with students at the University of Lagos to discuss how IBM's Watson system will be deployed in Africa. (Credit:IBM)

  • Ginni and other as Morocco Innovation Center Opening

    IBM CEO Opens Innovation Center in Casablanca

    Date added: 07 Feb 2014

    In Casablanca, Morocco, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty is flanked by Hightech Payments Systems CEO Mohamed Horami (left) and IBM Morocco Country General Manager Hassan Bahej (right) at the opening of the IBM Innovation Centre in Casablanca on February 6, 2014. The IBM facility, as well as a new IBM Innovation Center in Lagos, Nigeria, will develop Big Data, analytics and cloud computing technologies that solve challenges such as improving government services, digitizing banking services and enhancing customer service. (Credit: IBM)

  • IBM CEO Ginni Rometty Meets With Government Officials in Nigeria

    IBM CEO Ginni Rometty Meets With Government Officials in Nigeria

    Date added: 06 Feb 2014

    Abuja, Nigera- IBM Chairman and CEO Ginni Rometty (center), joined Mrs. Omobola Johnson, Minister for Communication Technology (left) and Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy (right) at a meeting with senior government officials in Abuja, Nigeria’s administrative and diplomatic capital on February 6, 2014. Mrs. Rometty highlighted IBM’s historic ties to Africa’s most populous nation and expressed the company’s support for Nigeria’s technology development agenda. IBM also announced a 10-year, $100 million initiative to bring Watson and other cognitive systems to Africa to help fuel development and spur business opportunities across the world’s fastest growing continent. (Tony Nwosu/Feature Photo Service for IBM) Media inquiries: Chris Andrews, IBM Media Relations: 914-499-4045 or candrews@us.ibm.com

  • Ginni and others in Africa

    IBM is making a long term, strategic investment in the future of Africa

    Date added: 05 Feb 2014

    L- R - Dr. Pascal G. Dozie, Chairman, MTN Nigeria Limited, Ginni Rometty, IBM Chairman, President and CEO and IBM West Africa Country General Manager, Taiwo Otiti. (Credit: IBM)

  • Image of 3 people at Innovation Center

    IBM invests in accelerating Innovation in Nigeria

    Date added: 05 Feb 2014

    L – R: Bruno Di Leo, Senior Vice President, Sales & Distribution, IBM; Victor Hammond, Managing Director, Bankers Warehouse Plc and Taiwo Otiti, Country General Manager, IBM West Africa at the opening of IBM’s Innovation Centre in Lagos. (Credit: IBM)

  • Ugandan Boy Enjoys Water from a Tap

    Ugandan Boy Enjoys Water from a Tap

    Date added: 06 Jun 2013

    A Ugandan boy enjoys drinking clean water at a waterpoint in a suburb of Kampala as the Ugandan Government signs the first Water Cost Index deal in Africa with Waterfund and IBM. The Water Cost Index will support Uganda in attracting financing for its water infrastructure projects key for driving the country's economic growth and the agricultural, tourism and the emerging oil and gas sector in Uganda. Photo Credit: Ronald Kabuubi/Feature Photo Service for IBM

  • IBM Client and Innovation Center Opens in East Africa

    IBM Client and Innovation Center Opens in East Africa

    Date added: 08 May 2013

    IBM Country General Manager for East Africa Tony Mwai demonstrates a visualization of the city's traffic patterns to Jessica Colaco, Managing Director iHub, a Kenyan startup incubator at the opening of the IBM Client and Innovation Center for East Africa, in Nairobi, Kenya on Wednesday May 8, 2013. The Smarter Cities technology, part of the IBM Intelligent Operations Center, is integral to the center's efforts to help the region's IT businesses, developers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and academics drive innovation and growth. (Dai Kurokawa/Feature Photo Service for IBM)

  • IBM CEO Ginni Rometty Addresses African Business Leaders

    IBM CEO Ginni Rometty Addresses African Business Leaders

    Date added: 05 Feb 2013

    IBM Chairman and CEO Ginni Rometty speaks to more than 200 South African business leaders about IBM's commitment to Africa at the IBM CIO Leadership Exchange in Johannesburg, South Africa on February 5, 2013. IBM has been doing business in Africa for more than 90 years. Most recently, the company has been expanding its presence by focusing investments in more than 20 African countries. (Graham Carlow/Feature Photo Service for IBM) For more information, contact Lisa Rautenbach, IBM, tel. 082 901 4298.

  • IBM CEO Meets with African Business Leaders in Kenya

    IBM CEO Meets with African Business Leaders in Kenya

    Date added: 06 Feb 2013

    100 business leaders from across Africa gathered at IBM's Smarter Planet Leadership Forum in Nairobi, Kenya on February 6, 2013 for a dialogue with IBM senior executives about building smarter systems to support the continent's growth. IBM Chairman and CEO Ginni Rometty (second from left) joined Dr. James Mwangi, Chairman & CEO of Equity Bank Kenya (left), Mr. Edward Effah, CEO of Fidelity Bank Ghana and Mr. Gerald Ilukwe, CEO of Galaxy Backbone Nigeria. (Graham Carlow/Feature Photo Service for IBM)

  • IBM Research Leader Speaks with University Students in Kenya

    IBM Research Leader Speaks with University Students in Kenya

    Date added: 07 Feb 2013

    IBM Senior Vice President of Research Dr. John Kelly talks with students from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa after delivering a lecture about the role of technology in addressing Africa's challenges and opportunities, Thursday, February 7, 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya. The university is home to IBM's 12th global research laboratory, which will develop next generation technologies in such areas as healthcare, traffic management, e-government and mobile computing. IBM has been doing business in Africa for more than 90 years. Most recently, it has expanded its presence by focusing investments in more than 20 African countries. (Feature Photo Service for IBM) More info: Jonathan Batty, 48-693-93-5403, jonathan.Batty@pl.ibm.com

  • Universities in Kenya have partnered with IBM

    Universities in Kenya have partnered with IBM

    Date added: 31 Jan 2013

    Three major Universities in Kenya have partnered with IBM in an initiative that will help universities strengthen their educational programs so graduates can compete at the top of any industry. The IBM Country General Manager for East Africa, Tony Mwai (right) and Strathmore University's @iLabAfrica Director Dr. Joseph Sevilla (left) exchange the partnership agreement. (Credit: IBM)

  • RAWBANK in the Congo Expands Banking services to include SMS

    RAWBANK in the Congo Expands Banking services to include SMS

    Date added: 20 Nov 2012

    RAWBANK has deployed IBM's Smarter Computing Solutions including a mix of IBM software and hardware that enables the bank to extend the range of products and services offered to its clients. RAWBANK clients can now access banking services on their mobile phones via text messages. (Credit: IBM)

  • First Research Lab in Africa

    IBM Opens First Research Lab in Africa

    Date added: 13 Aug 2012

    On the streets of Nairobi, Kenya, IBM business consultant Shadrack Kioko captures data on road conditions and traffic congestion in the capital city. IBM announced its first research lab in Africa, which will collaborate with government, academia and industry on smarter ways to manage critical city services such as transportation and water, which remain the biggest challenges facing African cities. The new IBM research lab will develop public sector solutions based on social networking, mobile computing and analytics technologies, as well as foster local technology skills in the region. (Source: Nichole Sobecki/Feature Photo Service for IBM - NAIROBI, KENYA)

  • IBM and CMT at Spinning Mill in Mauritius

    CMT is working with IBM to transform the operation of its clothing business

    Date added: 14 Mar 2012

    IBM Territory Manager Yusuf Assenjee and client Mr Francois Woo, Managing Director of CMT at the CMT Spinning Mill in Mauritius.

  • Photo of Tony Mwai and Dr. Bitange Ndemo

    Photo of Tony Mwai and Dr. Bitange Ndemo

    Date added: 07 Mar 2012

    Tony Mwai, CGM IBM East Africa (left) and Dr. Bitange Ndemo, Permanent Secretary, Kenyan Ministry of Information at the launch of the Nairobi Smarter Cities report.

  • Nairobi Traffic

    Nairobi Traffic

    Date added: 07 Mar 2012

    Traffic congestion is one of the key areas to be addressed in Nairobi as the city strives to cope with the pressures of urbanization

  • Nairobi Mobile Technology

    Nairobi Mobile Technology

    Date added: 07 Mar 2012

    Kenya has an opportunity to leverage its leadership in mobile technologies to address some of the challenges or rapidly increasing urbanization

  • Dr. Bitange Ndemo

    Dr. Bitange Ndemo, Permanent Secretary for Information, Kenya Government at the Nairobi Smarter Cities Roundtable

    Date added: 07 Oct 2011

    Dr. Bitange Ndemo, Permanent Secretary for Information, Kenya Government at the Nairobi Smarter Cities Roundtable

  • Aristides Safeca

    Angolan Deputy Minister for Telecommunication and Information Technology, Aristides Safeca addresses reporters at the IBM press conference.

    Date added: 26 Sep 2011

    Angolan Deputy Minister for Telecommunication and Information Technology, Aristides Safeca addresses reporters at the IBM press conference.

  • Senegal Installs First 1401 system at Banque Senegalaise de Development 1964

    Senegal Installs First 1401 system at Banque Senegalaise de Development 1964

    Date added: 14 Jun 2011

    Senegal Installs First 1401 system at Banque Senegalaise de Development 1964

  • Women and children are amongst those to benefit from IBM's work in Cross River State, Nigeria

    Women and children are amongst those to benefit from IBM's work in Cross River State, Nigeria

    Date added: 16 Jun 2011

    Women and children are amongst those to benefit from IBM's work in Cross River State, Nigeria

  • Women and children are amongst those to benefit from IBM's work in Cross River State, Nigeria II

    Women and children are amongst those to benefit from IBM's work in Cross River State, Nigeria II

    Date added: 16 Jun 2011

    Women and children are amongst those to benefit from IBM's work in Cross River State, Nigeria II

  • IBM technology is helping to transform banking in Tanzania (outside NMB Dar es Salaam)

    IBM technology is helping to transform banking in Tanzania (outside NMB Dar es Salaam)

    Date added: 16 Jun 2011

    IBM technology is helping to transform banking in Tanzania (outside NMB Dar es Salaam)

  • Sam Palmisano and Sunil Bharti Mittal thumbnail photo

    New Tech Era in Africa

    Date added: 28 Jun 2011

    IBM Chairman and CEO Samuel J. Palmisano (right) and Bharti Airtel Chairman and Managing Director Sunil Bharti Mittal participate in a press conference on Friday, September 17 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya to announce the selection of IBM to manage Bharti Airtel’s mobile communications network in Africa.  The agreement was finalized in December 2010. The move is anticipated to accelerate Africa's emerging mobile communications market.

  • IBM RAMAC 305 System loaded at Durban

    IBM RAMAC 305 System loaded at Durban heading for offices of Max Pollak and Freemantel, stock brokerage firm, first RAMAC in South Africa, 1960

    Date added: 27 Jun 2011

    IBM RAMAC 305 System loaded at Durban heading for offices of Max Pollak and Freemantel, stock brokerage firm, first RAMAC in South Africa, 1960


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