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IBM in Africa

Ginni Rometty and South African President Zuma Driven by its emerging middle class, rapid urbanization and increased demand for key services such as healthcare, government, banking and communications, Africa presents a significant market opportunity for IBM. IBM has made significant investments in Africa’s future and the development of the continent’s economy.After nearly a century of playing a vital role in Africa’s development, IBM is now a part of the continent’s technological fabric, business and community.

As a technology leader, IBM helps to boost the capabilities of people in Africa and its institutions –including skills, technology infrastructure, governance and scientific research.Across the continent, IBM works with clients and partners to put in place the systems, infrastructures and processes to underpin the continent’s economic and social transformation.

IBM is also helping in the development of skills and academic curricula, the development of a business partner and independent software vendor (ISV) community, investment in pro-bono consulting with Corporate Service Corps (CSC) projects, investments in research and development, as well as the alignment of industry expertise against the needs of the market.

IBM has operated in Africa since 1920 and had a direct presence since 1939.After nearly a century of playing a vital role in Africa’s development, the company is now a part of the continent’s technological fabric, business and community, having a direct presence in 24 countries.

IBM believes Africa is a substantial market for IBM products and services, and an important source of employment talent. It supports hundreds of clients across the continent, including:
 • Helping bank the unbanked in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
 • Pioneering mobile banking across East and West Africa.
 • Working with South Africa’s Metropolitan Health to launch the first commercial application of ‘Watson’ in Africa.
 • Providing automated systems offering real time status of all business processes for Kenya Power.
 • Managing Fidelity Bank Ghana’s technology infrastructure and services, helping to deliver advanced customer services and secure its reputation as a dynamic financial    services institution in West Africa.

IBM in Africa at a glance
 • 3X Global Delivery Centers (Morocco, South Africa and Egypt)
 • Global Competency Center –Hardware (Egypt)
 • Global Competency Center –Software (Egypt)
 • 2X IBM Research Labs (South Africa and Kenya)
 • 4 X Client Centers (South Africa, Kenya, Morocco and Nigeria)
 • Business Process Delivery Center (Egypt)
 • 2X Technology Development Centers (Kenya and Egypt)
 • MEA Digital Sales Center (Egypt)

 

 

News releases
Date Title
27 Jul 2015 IBM Rolls Out African Skills Initiative
25 Jul 2015 IBM Expands Reach to African Entrepreneurs with Innovation Space @ iHub
15 Jul 2015 RTI International and IBM Research - Africa forge partnership for data-driven development
10 Jun 2015 Etisalat Misr Fights Fraud with IBM Real-Time Analytics
16 Mar 2015 IBM Helps Angola Develop Smarter Healthcare and Education Capabilities
12 Feb 2015 Kenya’s Bidco Africa Selects IBM IT Solution, Services to Drive Africa Growth Strategy
06 Feb 2015 IBM Expands Global Research Network into South Africa
04 Feb 2015 IBM Expands Middle East and African Presence with Cairo Digital Sales Center
12 Nov 2014 Kenya Power Taps IBM Real Time Data Solutions To Improve Business Performance
13 Oct 2014 IBM Announces First Commercial Application of IBM Watson in Africa
27 Oct 2014 IBM Launches Humanitarian Initiatives to Help Contain Ebola Outbreak in Africa
04 Sep 2014 IBM Experts Help Drive Economic and Social Change in Ethiopia
05 Aug 2014 At U.S. - Africa Business Forum, Ghana’s Fidelity Bank Chooses IBM to Drive Transformation Agenda
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

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  • Bidco Africa Picks IBM Solution, Services for Business Growth

    Bidco Africa Picks IBM Solution, Services for Business Growth

    Date added: 12 Feb 2015

    An employee of Bidco Africa Ltd. ferries cooking oil out of the manufacturing plant warehouse for loading and shipping to the thousands of supermarkets across Kenya. Bidco has chosen IBM to provide IT systems delivered as a service and managed remotely to help drive investment in its core business and expansion across Africa. (Credit: Bidco Africa Ltd)

  • Bidco Africa Picks IBM Solution, Services for Business Growth 2

    Bidco Africa Picks IBM Solution, Services for Business Growth 2

    Date added: 12 Feb 2015

    Bidco Africa's signature line of cooking oil is packaged to meet growing demand, particularly within the middle class across East Africa. The cost savings from shifting IT infrastructure management to IBM will free up capital for expansion into more countries as part of Bidco Africa’s 2015 growth plan. (Credit: Bidco Africa Ltd)

  • Bidco Africa Picks IBM Solution, Services for Business Growth 3

    Bidco Africa Picks IBM Solution, Services for Business Growth 3

    Date added: 12 Feb 2015

    A Bidco Africa employee checks cooking oil samples as part of quality control at the manufacturing plant outside Nairobi, Kenya. An IT infrastructure and managed services deal with IBM will help Bidco improve its business application performance by 40 percent, lower capital expenditure and improve return on investment by 20 percent. (Credit: Bidco Africa Ltd)

  • Bidco Africa Picks IBM Solution, Services for Business Growth 4

    Bidco Africa Picks IBM Solution, Services for Business Growth 4

    Date added: 12 Feb 2015

    Bidco Africa employees package the company’s cooking oil for delivery to retail stores. East Africa’s leading consumer goods manufacturer and marketer serving 100 million consumers across 15 countries daily, Bidco has signed a new technology and services agreement with IBM to help drive its business expansion plans across Africa. (Credit: Bidco Africa Ltd)

  • IBM's new South Africa Research Lab

    IBM's new South Africa Research Lab

    Date added: 06 Feb 2015

    An artist's visualization of IBM's new South Africa Research laboratory. The new lab will be co-located with Wits University in the Tshimologong Precinct in Braamfontein – an inner-city area which is today re-emerging as one of Johannesburg’s most dynamic and vibrant districts. (Credit: IBM)

  • IBM's new South Africa Reseach Lab

    From Discotheque to Hi-Tech: the Site of IBM's new South Africa Reseach Lab

    Date added: 06 Feb 2015

    Dr. Solomon Assefa, Director, IBM South Africa lab (left) and Prof. Zeblon Vilakazi, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Wits University (right) at the site of IBM's new research lab in the Tshimologong Precinct in Braamfontein – an inner-city area which is today re-emerging as one of Johannesburg’s most dynamic and vibrant districts. (Credit: IBM)

  • Ghana’s Fidelity Bank Chooses IBM to Drive Transformation Agenda

    At U.S. - Africa Business Forum, Ghana’s Fidelity Bank Chooses IBM to Drive Transformation Agenda

    Date added: 06 Aug 2014

    IBM CEO Ginni Rometty joins Fidelity Bank Managing Director Edward Effah at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum in Washington, D.C. to announce a new agreement that will help the fastest growing Bank in Ghana accelerate mobile innovation - providing critical data and security systems, among other technology services. Earlier in the day, Rometty announced IBM will invest $2 billion in Africa over the next 7 years. (Drew Angerer/Bloomberg via Feature Photo Service for IBM)

  • 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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IBM Media Relations (East Africa)
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Charles Moyela
IBM Media Relations (Central & West Africa)
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