Google to set up Africa’s first product development center in Nairobi


NAIROBI, April 20 (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc. Google’s (GOOGL.O) is investing in its first-ever Africa product development center in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, it said, as it positions itself to serve a growing base of Internet users on the continent.

By the end of this decade, the continent will be home to 800 million internet users, the California firm said, and a third of the world’s young population, making it an attractive investment destination.

Google is hiring engineers, product managers, user experience designers and researchers to staff the new center, Suzanne Frey, vice president of product, and Nitin Gajria, head of Google Africa, said in a post. of common blog Tuesday.

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The company is investing $1 billion in various projects on the continent over five years, CEO Sundar Pichai said last October, to help economies accelerate their digital transformation.

It has already opened an artificial intelligence center in Accra, Ghana, focused on innovations that can be applied to various challenges.

Microsoft (MSFT.O) has also invested in technology development centers in Kenya and Nigeria, investing $100 million and hiring hundreds of engineers in both countries.

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Reporting by Duncan Miriri; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle

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