Google has today announced the launch of a product development center in Nairobi, its first in the continent, to build “transformative” products and services for the African market and the world.
This comes after the tech giant revealed plans to invest $1 billion over the next five years in October last year. The center is Google’s second major research and development investment in Africa, after the tech giant set up an AI and research center in Ghana in 2019.
It disclosed this at the second Google for Africa hybrid event in Lagos.
The Google Cloud is one way Google delivers on the $1 billion investment commitment made in 2021 by the company’s CEO, Sundar Pichai. Niral Patel, director of Google Cloud Africa, said the new Cloud Region would help users, developers, businesses and educational institutions across Africa to move more information and tools online.
Mr Patel said it would improve access options for customers and, in turn, create jobs and explained that Google believed in growing an open and healthy ecosystem of technology solutions to support Africa’s digital transformation goals.