Nairobi - Global technology firm IBM said the research laboratory it will open on Monday in Kenya’s capital Nairobi would help alleviate some of the societal and economic challenges the country faces.
The lab, which is the first of such facility the company would launch on the continent, would help develop and deploy innovative information technology applications to tackle perennial challenges such as water and sanitation, energy, public procurement inefficiencies and traffic jams, officials said.
The lab will focus on three major areas that include ICT skills training, urban development and planning, and lastly, digitalisation of public service through e-governance solutions.
“We will use cognitive computing systems to analyze and process data to help people make decisions and come up with commercially viable solutions for Africa’s challenges,” said Kamal Bhattacharya, Director at IBM research-Africa.
Kenya becomes the 12th country to have the IBM research lab facility.
The facility is part of a global rollout of such facilities. It increases the East African country’s IT profile. The country’s M-Pesa mobile money transfer innovation has gained prominence all over the world.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has also made public statements that expressed his government’s commitment to make ICT a development tool.
- CAJ News