IBM Research Africa Launch

ibmlaunch2IBM Research Africa was officially opened by, His Excellency Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, C.G.H., President and Commander in Chief of the Defense forces of the Republic of Kenya, on 8th November 2013, at The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA).  

Giving his speech at the launch, H.E. Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta thanked the University for providing the land on which this Laboratory is hosted and for its

continued partnership with IBM. “Your commitment to building strategic partnerships for excellence in research, science and technology is indeed welcome.” Said H.E. Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta.

“We are grateful to the IBM fraternity and the Government of Kenya for conducting a very transparent and competitive search that led to the choice of our University. The dream has become a reality. I am glad to say that the Laboratory has put the name of our University on the map of excellence and we promise to keep terms of engagement as per the MOU that we signed.” Said the Vice Chancellor Msgr. Rev. Dr. Pius Rutechura.

Dr. Kamal Bhattacharya, Director IBM Research Africa, emphasized that the goal of IBM Research Africa is to employ excellence as they seek to address key challenges on the African continent through commercially viable innovations to impact peoples’ lives. “Research is about changing the status quo.” Said Dr. Kamal

Speaking at the launch Hon. Dr. Fred Matiangi, Cabinet secretary for Communication and Technology, stated that technology presents us with limitless possibilities and that the use of ICT is a core pillar in the realization of Vision 2030. He also thanked the predecessors in ICT who played a key role in the earlier stages of development in this partnership.           

IBM Africa, which is the first IBM Lab in Africa and the twelve globally, shall focus on Smarter Cities, Medical Healthcare, Education, Water, Agriculture and Transport.

 

 

 

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