IBM helps US conduct business in Africa

UNITED States President Barack Obama
UNITED States President Barack Obama

JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE United States has appointed Takreem El Tohamy, IBM’s General Manager for the Middle East and Africa, to the US President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa.

El Tohamy is among a group of 23 private sector leaders selected to advise the US President, Barack Obama, on ways to strengthen commercial engagement between the United States and Africa.

El Tohamy says IBM has long recognised Africa’s potential, and has been partnering with local organisations on the continent for almost a century.

“We’ve been working aggressively with clients and partners to develop skills, build out infrastructure and boost local scientific research to develop unique solutions to Africa’s unique challenges.

“These local investments have enabled us to create win-win scenarios for both U.S. businesses and local clients.”

IBM, the technology company, has been investing heavily in developing local skills and talent.

A recent example is the Africa Skills Initiative.

Through a $60 million investment, IBM is supporting African governments and academic institutions to narrow the skills gap between tertiary institutions of learning and market place requirements.

IBM has research, technical and client centers across Africa including global delivery centers in Egypt, Morocco and South Africa; client centers in South Africa, Kenya, Morocco and Nigeria, and a regional Digital Sales Center in Egypt.

IBM has opened two Research Labs in Kenya and South Africa, where scientists are driving innovation through the development of commercially-viable solutions that transform lives and spark new business opportunities.

IBM also launched this year its first IBM Cloud Data Center in South Africa.
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