The International Business Machines (IBM) Corporation has opened a research lab in Nairobi, Kenya, the first in Africa, which is expected boost the country’s ability to develop, attract and retain key research scientists and ICT experts.

Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki and IBM Global CEO, Ginni Rometty signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday officially flagging-off the setting up of the lab which should be operational next month.

“IBM’s commitment to undertake the proposed research agenda will contribute greatly to our national priorities as part of Kenya’s Vision 2030. We look forward to delivering world-class research and innovation through the partnership and playing an important role as an IT leader on the African continent,”said President Kibaki.

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