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IBM opens office in Dakar

American technology firm IBM has opened a new office in Dakar, the Senegalese capital, PANA reported Tuesday.

IBM started its operations in Senegal in 1947 before quitting in the 90s.

IBM director for Senegal, Mamadou Ndiaye, said the office newly-opened in Dakar was part of an initiative by the company to expand its services and to provide solutions and high value services to meet the growing needs of its customers in the country and in West Africa, where the company works with several business partners.

He said IBM’s presence in Senegal would allow the company to expand its service level and provide more sophisticated solutions and greater value.

“Dakar is one of (the sites for) 230 IBM agencies located in 54 high growth countries and the Senegalese market represents a significant opportunity in the IT market, with attractive conditions for conducting business and building computerised telecommunications and transportation infrastructures,” Ndiaye said.

On her part, The US Ambassador in Dakar, Marcia Bernicat, said the arrival of IBM in Senegal was a real example of the excellent trade between the U.S. and Senegal, estimated at US$218 million in 2010.

She said Senegal was in good position to become a technological hub in the sub-region, and that IBM would contribute much to reducing the digital divide in the country and helping the Senegalese government to modernise its computer stock.

The U.S. diplomat called on IBM to develop an effective policy for corruption prevention, saying corruption hampers economic growth.

IBM is present in over 20 African countries, including South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Mauritius and Senegal, and offers services in areas covering telecommunications, oil, gas and state finances

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