IBM opens its new office in Angola

Angolan Deputy Minister for Telecommunication and Information Technology, Aristides Safeca addresses reporters at the IBM press conference.

IBM continued its march in the african continent and it recently opened its new branch office at Luanda, Angola, after opening branches at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Dakar, Senegal, in the first half of 2011.

With the establishment of branch office in Luanda, IBM has increased its direct presence in more than 20 African countries, including South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria.

The expanded presence in Angola will enable IBM to increase its level of service to clients and partners across the Central African region and deliver more advanced and high-value solutions across many industries.

IBM already serves a number of key clients in Central Africa, spanning sectors including telecommunications, oil & gas, finance and government. For example in Angola, IBM is working with one of the country’s major banks to help transform the institution’s core banking technology infrastructure and support business growth. With a new system based on IBM Power servers and software technologies, the bank has been able to upgrade its banking services.

IBM works closely with several local financial institutions and oil & gas companies in Angola to improve the accuracy and security of information in the country.

“Expanding into Angola offers IBM an important business opportunity as we expand our presence throughout the African continent,” said Bruno Di Leo, General Manager, IBM Growth Markets. “This demonstrates IBM’s commitment to expand into new markets to provide innovative solutions for our clients and partners. Luanda is one of more than 230 IBM branch offices across 55 growth market countries.”

IBM is also engaged in an active programme of corporate citizenship across Africa. Since 2008, IBM has deployed 250 of its most talented employees on projects in Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Morocco and Egypt helping to solve local problems with the aim of fostering economic development and job creation.