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Google recently announced the opening of its first product development center in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital.

The tech giant is set to employ more than 100 workers cutting across design roles, research, and software engineering among others.

According to Sundar Pichai, the CEO, in an announcement last year, Google will be investing about $1 billion to embark on projects designed to “provide fast, reliable, affordable internet across the continent; build helpful, local products; and support the entrepreneurs and small businesses that underpin Africa’s economies.” 

Co-founder and current CEO of Jumba—a construction tech company, Kagure Wamunyu, threw emphasis on the talent market and the potential growth of the local economy.

Kagure Wamunyu demonstrating Kobo app, 2019.

“The recent launch by these global companies will certainly make the talent market a bit more competitive. However, this also gives an opportunity for talent to work for global companies and still contribute to the local economy, as opposed to having to relocate to the West,” she said.

By Elijah Christopher 

 

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Elijah Christopher is a lifelong creative artist and a journalist for “A New Touch Of Africa”, an American news media and magazine focusing on Africa-related issues, fashion, new technologies and innovations. He has contributed to several published works, most notably a collaborative poem celebrating Scottish poet Edwin Morgan and in 2021 was the winner of the DIAJ Award for his photo-artistry.

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