MICROSOFT and a local firm, Comtel Integrators Africa, have signed a sh2b agreement to develop localised software and provide related services, writes David Muwanga.
â€œWe are investing sh2b in this project that will produce software for the whole of sub-Saharan Africa and the medium information technology (IT) market in the region,â€ Microsoftâ€™s director for communications, John Creed, said.
He said the software would allow all businesses to utilise IT to develop.
â€œThe initiative will contribute towards bridging the digital divide in Africa and reduce entry barriers for businesses to invest in efficient IT infrastructure,â€ he told a press conference after the signing ceremony. Creed signed the agreement with Comtelâ€™s director for business development, Wayne Robinson, in Kampala. The project will initially serve Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Malawi.
â€œBusinesspeople who want to utilise Microsoftâ€™s and local independent software vendorsâ€™ technologies can do it without large investments in infrastructure,â€ Creed said.