IBM (NYSE: IBM) has announced the expansion of its branch office in Port Louis on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean off the South East coast of Africa.
The increased presence will strengthen IBM’s ability to provide solutions and services to a rapidly expanding base of customers and partners in the region, the company said Wednesday, March 14.
“As Mauritius strives to strengthen its international competitiveness, IBM is experiencing strong demand from the textile, banking, tourism, telecommunications and IT services sectors, which are turning to technology to increase productivity and differentiate offerings,” said Takreem El Tohamy, IBM general manager for Middle East and Africa.
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IBM’s Mauritius office is part of a broad program of investment that the company is making across Africa through the creation of new facilities, offices, training, staffing and recruitment, sales and marketing and corporate citizenship.
The announcement follows the recent news of the opening of IBM’s office in Luanda, Angola and gives the company a direct presence in over 20 African countries including South Africa, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria.
IBM has been present in Mauritius for more than 10 years through its sales team and a business partner network. Its clients on the island include Air Mauritius, Bramer Bank, Rogers Group and Mauritius Union Assurance.
Elsewhere in the region, IBM also has locations in the Seychelles and Madagascar through its pan-African partnership with the telecommunications operator Bharti Airtel.
According to IBM, the expansion of the Mauritian branch office was recognized this week at a ceremony attended by government officials, customers, and business partners in Port Louis.