Thousands of job opportunities after Uhuru unveils Ksh3 billion company

Thousands of job opportunities after Uhuru unveils Ksh3 billion company

By Peter Ochieng

Dozens of Kenyans are expected to land employment opportunities, after a US multinational company opened a Sh3 billion company in Westlands, Nairobi.

Microsoft has opened state-of-the-art Africa Development Centre, aimed at creating technology solutions for both local and global markets.

The Centre was launched on Thursday, March 24, 2022, in an event presided over by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

President Kenyatta said the Centre endorses the international recognition of Kenya’s abundant high-tech workforce capabilities, business opportunities and conducive investment environment.

President Uhuru Kenyatta at the $27 million (Ksh3.099 billion) Microsoft Africa Development Centre on Thursday evening, March 24, 2022. |Courtesy| PSCU|
President Uhuru Kenyatta at the $27 million (Ksh3.099 billion) Microsoft Africa Development Centre on Thursday evening, March 24, 2022. |Courtesy| PSCU|

The centre aims at creating over 200,000 job opportunities for young Kenyans in support of the digital economy.

“As a premier Centre of research and development for Microsoft, we all remain confident that you – together with our young men and women – will build a local world-class talent and create innovative technological solutions that will yield global positive impacts,” President Kenyatta said.

It is one of the largest software engineering facilities in Africa and sets the standard for a new generation of technology hubs across the continent.

“As technology takes Centre stage in the global economy and as the way we conduct business evolves before our very own eyes, tonight we are again shattering yet another glass ceiling and once again cementing Kenya’s place as Africa’s leading technology powerhouse,” said Kenyatta.

He gave Microsoft leadership a pat on the back for creating opportunities for Kenyans through the digital space.

“Microsoft has strengthened research, technology and skills through projects such as “Mawingu” that connects the unconnected and the ‘one million farmers platform’ for improving crop yields.”

On her part, Microsoft Vice President Joy Chik said the new facility is among other development Centres across the globe, that are geared towards training world-class engineers who will create global products and services.

She pointed out that the Centre has already employed more than 450 engineers in Kenya as well as 500 employees in other areas.

“We have already surpassed the 500 engineers we originally pledged to hire by 2023. Today, the Africa development Centre employs about 570 engineers working on identity and network access, mixed reality, Microsoft 365 as well as connected services and experiences.”

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