Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Indian IT firm to set up office in Kenya

By MUTHOKI MUMO In Gurgaon, India [email protected]

An Indian technology firm plans to set up shop in Kenya and take advantage of an increasingly technological society and growing government investment in the sector.

Officials of the Bombay listed NIIT disclosed to the Daily Nation on Tuesday that the company would be opening an office before the end of the year.

NIIT provides Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services to companies in banking, retail and manufacturing sectors. It also develops content for educational institutions and offers IT training.

Heart of this hub

“We have seen that the market in East Africa is growing rapidly and we want to create a new hub. Nairobi will be the heart of this hub,” Mr Sanjay Ticku, who is in charge of the company’s business in Africa, said in an interview.

NIIT has a presence in southern Africa and West Africa where it has built strong linkages with respective governments. The company has also been involved in steering e-governance initiatives in China and India.

Mr Ticku said his firm would seek similar partnerships in Kenya.

Kenya has been pursuing an e-governance policy that has seen various public agencies such as the Kenya Revenue Authority offer their data and services online.

Kenya is also constructing a technopolis off Mombasa Road in Nairobi and a proposed local version of the Silicon Valley in Konza that is supposed to host BPO firms and other technology companies while creating at least 100,000 jobs.

Both projects, however, face hitches, with the Ministry of Information recently saying that not all government agencies were making their information readily available.

The ground breaking ceremony for Konza is unlikely to take place this year.

The NIIT centre, to be set up in Nairobi, will target the five East African Community countries as well as South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The company has a global footprint that covers 40 countries with clients in Asia, North America and Europe.

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