IBM has announced an increase in investment in Sub-Saharan Africa of more than £60m.
The company says it wants to accelerate development of new markets, improve IT skills in the area and create new jobs. It expects to hire 100 students from local universities to meet growing demand for software development, and intends to create an African Innovation Centre.
The centre will be the continent's first High Performance On Demand Solutions Laboratory, and IBM says small business, entrepreneurs, business partners and other clients will benefit.
Senior executive Robert Mayberry, general manager and vice-president, emerging markets, sub-Saharan Africa, said, "Africa is an increasingly attractive investment environment for global companies such as IBM.
"IBM is committed to being part of Africa's economic transformation into a major player in the global market place."