Kenya will benefit from the Google Ksh 120B project in three ways
Kenya stands to benefit from Google’s 120 billion Kenyan shillings plan to create a cloud region in sub-Saharan Africa, as CEO Sundar Pashai has pledged.
In a statement dated Wednesday, October 5, Google Cloud Africa Director Niral Patel revealed that an interconnect station under construction in Nairobi will be launched.
Patel explained that this will be part of an elaborate plan to develop an open and healthy ecosystem of technology solutions to transform Africa’s digital goals.
Director of Google Cloud Africa, Niral Patel.
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“We are expanding our network through the Equiano submarine cable and building dedicated cloud interconnection sites in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Lagos and Nairobi. This will lead to more business opportunities,” he said.
In addition, Google will establish its first African product development center in Nairobi. The facility will be used to incubate, develop and manufacture better products for Africans.
“Google Cloud is already working with customers across the continent to help them solve critical business challenges, connect and access the benefits of digital technology,” the statement read in part.
To further facilitate doing business in Kenya, the tech giant has expanded its coverage of the country on its Maps app to aid navigation in the country.
“To make Maps more efficient, Google updated Street View in Kenya to miles of imagery to help people virtually explore and navigate neighborhoods,” the global technology company explained.
The CEO expressed his confidence that thousands of jobs will be created not only in Kenya but also in other countries on the continent. Patel said Africa’s internet economy has the potential to grow to Ksh 21.7 trillion ($180 billion) by 2025.
So far, the search engine company has invested Ksh6 billion ($50 million) in nine African tech startups, including Kenyan e-logistics company, Lori Systems.
Additionally, he has partnered with the United Nations (UN) to launch the Global Africa Business Initiative (GABI), a global partnership to accelerate Africa’s economic growth and sustainable development.
On September 6, 12 Kenyan start-ups were selected from 60 entries for the Startups Black Founders Fund (BFF) for Africa to receive non-dilutive rewards of between Kshs 6-12 million, and up to Kshs 24 million in credit GoogleCloud.
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