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IBM experts on month long project

NAIROBI, Kenya Feb 21- An international team of consultants from the IBM\’s Corporate Service Corps program has arrived in Nairobi for a one-month project.

The consultants will work with the Kenya ICT Board, the Kenya e-Government initiative, the Ministry of Information and Communication and the Postal Corporation of Kenya (PCK) on a number of initiatives to help meet key ICT objectives in the Vision 2030 plan.

IBM East Africa Country General Manager Anthony Mwai said IBM was committed to developing the utilization of information technology by government agencies and educational institutions to spur rapid economic development.

"In return, IBM staff and communities can reap the mutual benefits of global partnership while developing its next generation of leaders," Mr Mwai said.

The team of 12 IBM employees from nine different countries will work on the ground for one month.

They will work with PCK to review the changing economic landscape in Kenya and develop a plan to deliver financial services to the poor across Kenya.

The IBM team will work the Kenya ICT board to help address the IT skills gap in the country and support the development of the business process outsourcing sector in the country.

The current engagement in Kenya comes on the heels of a number of previous Corporate Service Corps visits to Africa – a focus program for the continent.

Since July 2008, IBM has deployed 327 personnel on 29 teams to South Africa, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, and Egypt.

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Through these projects, IBM has worked with local organisations and businesses across Africa to support community-driven economic development.

As a global program, over the past three years the IBM Corporate Service Corps has deployed close to 1000 IBM employees on 100 teams to 20 countries around the world.

Projects vary from assisting networks of entrepreneurs and small businesses trying to grow and reach export markets to the adoption of new and smart technological ideas by private and public sectors.

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