Mr Kabelo Makwane, Managing Director, Microsoft Nigeria Wednesday said that the technology company will deepen its local impact to complement the nation’s socio-economic growth.
“Our vision is to become a truly local company that is global in stature but local in impact” Makwane said at a press briefing celebrating the opening of its new office at the Iconic Civic Towers in Victoria Island, Lagos.
According to him, Microsoft is looking to further its local growth and expansion and tap into Nigeria’s potential as an attractive destination for international businesses.
Microsoft Nigeria, a subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation, the global technology giant headquartered in US opened the new office in what the company says underscores its commitment to play its role in strengthening the nation’s economy.
According to Makwane, Microsoft continues to demonstrate its support for Nigeria’s growing information and communication technology (ICT) market by enlarging its presence in the economy.
”The opening of the new office in Lagos, Nigeria, will provide more space for Microsoft’s rapidly expanding staff and partner network”, he adds.
According to him, “when multinational operate in countries, they would want to showcase the best of their offerings in terms of facilities solutions elsewhere in the rest of the world especially in their headquarters usually situated in Europe, America. But our vision for the Nigeria subsidiary is to make sure we localize and bring the showcases to Nigeria.”
”We want our local customers to be able to leapfrog so that they become globally competitive in their enterprise”, the Microsoft Nigeria MD adds.
”We are very excited to also partner with government in the area of innovation. We engage the government to allow Nigeria to become globally competitive.”
Mr Ali Faramawy Vice President Microsoft Middle East and Africa told news men in a pre recorded video played at the event that ”we have been in the country for more than 15 years. We have grown from a small group of 10 people to much bigger group of 80 professionals who are keen in playing their role in serving this country.”
The Microsoft VP says the tech company has high ambition, aspiration and high level of commitment to do its absolute best for socio-economic development of Nigeria.
On his part, Mr Adebayo Shittu, Minister of communications, expressed happiness on Microsoft’s milestone achievement in deepening its footprint in the Nigeria market.
”We are happy to be here because the opening of this office is in line with the desire of this administration where key players in the economy have their footprint in the country. Microsoft is a multinational company that we want to deepen its participation and broadens the scope of its services in Nigeria” according to the Minister represented by Mr Sunday Echono, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Communication technology.
”We are also pleased that Microsoft have different programmes that will help build efficiency create opportunities for Nigeria entrepreneurship and also develop our youths in the ICT space”, he adds.
On her part, Mrs Funke Opeke, the Chief Executive Officer of MainOne , owners of the undersea cable, MainOne, said that “we appreciate the increase commitment that Microsoft is making in the Nigeria market both in startup and as well as investment.”
According to the MainOne CEO, the transition to cloud-based services in Lagos is coming into fruition with the strategic partnership with Microsoft.
”We have been working with Microsoft in the last 18 months for the development of our data center we have been jointly offering cloud services to our customers in Nigeria”, the MainOne CEO added.
”For us to promote local content in Nigeria we have been doing most of our services in Nigeria and Microsoft has been an enabling partner to achieve that”, Opeke told attendees at the event.
Also speaking at the event, Mr Jim Ovia, Chairman of Zenith Bank noted that ”Microsoft is a Fortune 500 company and arguably one of the most valuable companies in the world today.”
Mr Ovia, who is also the owner of the Civic Towers added that, ”we feel very honored to host them in the Civic Towers. This building is one of the safest with very high standard in terms of security and infrastructure that will met the needs of the company.”