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Google to set up first Africa product developmen­t centre in Nairobi


Alphabet Inc’s Google (GOOGL.O) is investing in its first ever Africa product developmen­t centre in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, it said, as it positions itself to serve a growing base of internet users on the continent.

By the end of this decade, the continent will host 800 million internet users, the California-based firm said, and a third of the world’s youth population, making it an attractive investment destinatio­n.

Google is hiring engineers, product managers, user experience designers and researcher­s to staff the new centre, said Suzanne Frey, vice president for products, and Nitin Gajria, the head of Google Africa, in a joint blog post on Tuesday.

The company is investing $1 billion in various projects on the continent over five years, its CEO Sundar Pichai said last October, to help economies accelerate their digital transforma­tion.

It has already opened an artificial intelligen­ce centre in Accra, Ghana, focusing on innovation­s that can be applied to various challenges.

Microsoft (MSFT.O) has also been investing in technology developmen­t hubs in Kenya and Nigeria, investing $100 million and hiring hundreds of engineers in both countries.

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