Amazon Web Services (AWS), the leading cloud-computing division of the company, announced on Wednesday its plans to establish a development centre in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. This move aims to foster job creation in software development, cloud support, and software engineering, further solidifying Kenya’s reputation as the “Silicon Savannah” and one of Africa’s prominent technology hubs.
With a vibrant ecosystem that accommodates global tech giants and thriving startups, Kenya has become a key player in the African technology landscape. The AWS development centre is poised to provide the local market with access to a vast pool of technical talent, according to Uwem Ukpong, Vice President of Global Services at AWS.
As the world’s largest cloud computing provider, AWS serves a wide range of notable companies, including Netflix (NFLX.O), General Electric (GE.N), and Sony (6758.T). Its services enable storage, networking, and remote security solutions for businesses across various industries.
Kenya’s President William Ruto expressed his enthusiasm for the expansion of the technology sector, highlighting its role in driving growth and job creation amid global uncertainties. The establishment of AWS’s development centre in Nairobi signals a vote of confidence in Kenya’s tech ecosystem and its potential for further advancement in the digital realm.
The move by AWS not only strengthens Kenya’s position as a technology hub but also opens up new opportunities for local tech professionals and entrepreneurs. The development centre is expected to foster innovation, collaboration, and knowledge sharing within the local tech community, ultimately contributing to the country’s economic development and digital transformation.
With AWS’s investment in Nairobi, Kenya is poised to further accelerate its technological progress, attract more international players, and solidify its reputation as a hotbed of innovation in Africa. The development centre will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in shaping the future of cloud computing and digital services on the continent.