Microsoft moves into Zambia
BUSINESS| April 4, 2012, 11:01 a.m.
By Edith Mwale, Lusaka, Zambia
Microsoft Corporation intends to open an office in Zambia, a move that is expected to help reduce the cost of computer software in the country.
Microsoft vice president Ali Faramawy who is visiting Zambia, said having representation in Zambia would help to significantly reduce the costs of computer software, which is currently purchased mainly from South Africa and Kenya.
Faramawy said the company is also considering setting up an information and communication technology (ICT) laboratory at the University of Zambia to enable students to develop a proactive approach in researching and accessing information.
Faramawy said there was need for collective efforts among youths to develop the country because they make up the larger part of the population.
He said youths and the use of technology were playing a critical role in bringing about positive change in modern day society.
Faramawy said the classic negative outlook on Africa and most individual countries on the continent had transformed - the continent is now seen as a place of opportunities and rewards. He said Africans are now poised to overcome the continent’s challenges.
“Africa is experiencing positive revolutions because of youths and technology. The world has had a negative classic perception about Africa but that has now changed because Africa is considered as a land of opportunity where many are also being rewarded,” Faramawy said.
And Microsoft Corporation says Zambian President Michael Sata’s administration has set out objectives and well articulated priorities that are set to further develop Zambia.
Microsoft Corporation general manager for Eastern and Southern Africa Louis Otieno said Zambia is also poised to attract more multinational companies because of political stability and the economic growth the country has continued to register.
Otieno however, urged the Zambia government to put up stringent measures against piracy as it is detrimental to revenue generation and can discourage foreign direct investment.
And the Zambian Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training David Mabumba has called on Microsoft to help address some ICT challenges at UNZA.
Mabumba said ICT remained a key factor in the education sector and commended the corporation for its intentions to help the country’s highest learning institution with ICT tools.
Mabumba said the Zambian government plans to significantly invest in the education sector.
MORE BUSINESS NEWS
Yudala ‘an unstoppable movement’, says Zinox chiefThe opening of Yudala outlets, combining an online shopping platform with retail stores, has been described as a game-changer in Nigeria. Read More
Travelport, TTS sign reseller agreement for Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific regionTravelport and TTS have signed a sales and distribution agreement for TTS products in the Africa, Middle East, and Asia Pacific regions. Read More
Airbnb to expand further across AfricaAirbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company, announced that its CEO, Brian Chesky will attend GES 2015 to meet with entrepreneurs from around the world and explore the sharing economy’s impact and expansion, particularly on the African continent - which represents a huge opportunity for the company. Read More
What African entrepreneurs wantOn the eve of U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Kenya for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, GeoPoll, the Global Entrepreneurship Network, and the U.S. State Department have released a survey of 1,000 business owners throughout sub-Saharan Africa on entrepreneurship in their countries. Read More
ISON eyes 25,000 jobs, $400m in NigeriaISON Group has projected the creation of 25,000 new jobs and $400 million revenue within space of one or two years in Nigeria. Read More
NEC invests in XON to accelerate regional African growthNEC Europe, a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, has invested in XON, the sub-Sahara African ICT group, and the two organisations will have an integrated market approach that will combine their local expertise in the region to provide greater sales coverage in the sub-Sahara African market. Read More
Orange, Airtel in talks on acquisitionsOrange and Bharti Airtel International (Netherlands) BV, have entered into an exclusive agreement to explore the possible acquisition by Orange of four Airtel subsidiaries. Read More
Equitel seeks a share of Kenya’s lucrative telco marketEquity Bank’s subsidiary, Finserve Africa, has launched Equitel, a new mobile payment and banking platform for its customers, which officially brings to the fore the convergence between mobile and banking services in Kenya. Read More
Kenya to host global entrepreneurship forumKenya has captured global attention following the imminent entrepreneurship forum to be graced by US President Barack Obama. Read More
FEATURED STORYBatswana dragging feet in digital migration
More than a month after the deadline for the digital migration from analogue television, few people have shown any pronounced enthusiasm in entering the new digital TV realm.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHAs curtain falls on MDGs, what next?
Dr. Bjorn Lomborg, president of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre, speaks to Biztechafrica about setting smart targets.
COMPANY NEWSMTN Business App of the Year submissions closed
Entries for the annual MTN Business App of the Year Awards taking place on 13 August in Johannesburg have closed, and an expert panel of judges that is adjudicating ...