As IBM has stated that growth markets are key to its future, Big Blue continued its expansion into Africa with an increased presence in Mauritius.
IBM continues with its push
to expand into Africa
with the expansion of its branch office in Port Louis
on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean off the Southeast coast of
IBM officials said the
increased presence will strengthen its ability to provide solutions and
services to a rapidly expanding base of customers and partners in the region.
Mauritius has a successful and competitive economy with some of the highest
growth rates in Africa and an active international export market spanning a
diverse range of sectors, IBM said.
"As Mauritius strives
to strengthen its international competitiveness, IBM is experiencing strong
demand from the textile, banking, tourism, telecommunications and IT services
sectors, which are turning to technology to increase productivity and
differentiate offerings," Takreem El Tohamy, IBMs general manager for the
Middle East and Africa, said in a statement.
IBM's Mauritius office is
part of a broad program of investment that the company is making across Africa
through the creation of new facilities, offices, training, staffing and
recruitment, sales and marketing, and corporate citizenship. The announcement
follows the recent news of the opening of IBM's office in Luanda, Angola, and
gives the company a direct presence in more than 20 African countries,
including South Africa, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Morocco,
Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria.
"IBM has been present
in Africa for over 60 years, but we are now taking our business to the next
level in recognition of the huge potential of the African market and the role
of smarter systems in transforming business, government and society across the
continent," added Takreem El Tohamy.
One of IBM's clients on the
island is global textile industry leader Compagnie Mauricienne de Textile Ltee
(CMT), which has more than 12,000 employees and runs a 24-hour automated
factory supplying the fashion markets across the United States and Europe. CMT
needed a solution to increase efficiencies and ensure timely delivery of its
clothing products, which are often manufactured to meet fast-turnaround orders.
IBM provided CMT with a new data storage system, which has led to a 20 percent
increase in the performance of its operations, IBM said.
"The new system from
IBM has enabled us to better manage our supply chain and reduce downtime in
order for us to remain a reliable international supplier of a vast array of
clothing styles," Doreen Wong, CIO of CMT, said in a statement.
Processing Services (ICPS) of Mauritius also is using IBM solutions to support
the modernization of the country's financial services sector. ICPS provides IT
platforms for key banks in Mauritius, including the Mauritius Commercial Bank.
In line with its business expansion plans to provide similar services across
Africa, ICPS selected IBM's Power Systems. "With our new solution from
IBM, we have improved the energy efficiency of our IT systems, decreased transaction
processing time and reduced operating costs," Roshan Kulpoo, general
manager of ICPS, said in a statement.
IBM's increased presence in
Mauritius and investment in skills is set to have a positive impact on the
local IT market, especially the IT services sector, the company said.
Government recognizes the central role ICT plays in enhancing the country's
development, and we are working to establish Mauritius as a key exporter of ICT
services. We want to position the country as a safe and reliable ICT
destination, capitalizing on our bilingual workforce and modern ICT
infrastructure, and believe that IBM will strongly support this goal," the
Honorable Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum, minister of information and
communication technology for Mauritius, said in a statement.
IBM has been present in
Mauritius for more than 10 years through its sales team and an established
business partner network. Today, IBM's clients on the island also
include Air Mauritius, Bramer Bank, Rogers Group and Mauritius Union
Assurance, among others, IBM said.
Elsewhere in the region, IBM
also has locations in the Seychelles and Madagascar through its pan-African
partnership with the telecommunications operator Bharti Airtel.