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Technology firms launch software testing center in Kenya

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Two technology companies on Wednesday launched the first software testing and quality assurance center in Africa.

The 1-million-U.S.-dollar center launched in partnership between Techno Brain Kenya and Microsoft by Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto makes Kenya the fourth nation globally to host such centers. Other pioneers in the Microsoft initiative include China, Poland and India.

Speaking during the launch, Ruto said the Kenyan government was committed to making Kenya a chief exporter and producer rather than a mere consumer of technological innovation.

“The government wants a vibrant technology sector in this country, a silicon Savannah and we believe if we can build a proper community of engineers, developers, coders and designers, we can deliver the innovations that will define the prosperity of this country in the future,” he said.

Ruto noted that the friendly policies put in place by the government had created a fertile environment for multinational companies to set up their operations in Kenya.

“This is a win to our economy; this is a big vote of confidence for Kenya, in our tech community and its abilities. This development will define our prosperity,” he said.

He said the Microsoft test engineering center will create employment to the youths and position Kenya as a preferred destination of quality assurance and innovation.

The global collaboration will see Windows Development Group (WDG) engineering team from the United States working with Techno Brain Kenya engineers to build and operate a highly specialized and secured test environment in Nairobi as an extension to Microsoft Redmond Windows development engineering center.

Microsoft Director of Software Engineering, Bamboo Sofola, said the testing center will help profile Kenya as a leading regional hub of emerging technologies and innovation and provide employment opportunities for young people.

“We have customers, partners and employees here in Kenya, a country of great promise and one that could leapfrog others by getting the right infrastructure and skills in place,” Sofola said.





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