The President of Microsoft International, Jean-Philippe Courtois, has disclosed that the company has invested about $75 million in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and other African countries. According to him, the investments were made in access, innovation, skills development, youth empowerment; software development; digital curriculum, skills among others.
Speaking shortly after several meetings with the company’s local partners,, he said Nigeria has gotten its fair share of the company’s investments in Africa.
“I think so far in a new drive, we have invested about $75 million in the African Markets and Nigeria has had a fair share of that deal,” he told newsmen.
He said the company remains committed to reducing data costs for SMEs in Africa that often don’t have the capital for IT infrastructure investment.
“Nigeria is one of Microsoft’s most important markets in Africa hence its upgrade of Microsoft Nigeria office to a single country subsidiary come its new Financial Year 2015 which will commence on July 1, 2014,” he said.
He added that with the company’s rapid transition to devices, it is set to double its efforts in skills investments, innovation support and access provision for people across the globe in general and Nigeria in particular, to create sustained economic opportunities.