Moroccan government and IBM collaborate on new technology services center
CASABLANCA, Morocco, July 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a new Global Delivery Center in Casablanca that will create up to 400 information technology roles in Morocco over the next three years. The center will enable IBM to deliver a range of innovative technology services to clients in Morocco and across French-speaking Africa.
The new Morocco Global Delivery Center will offer IBM clients in the region high value application development, application maintenance and systems integration services. It will address the increasing demand for flexible software capability to harness the benefits of emerging technologies such as big data, cloud and mobile. IBM is working closely with the Moroccan government and local universities, and the Center is expected to help stimulate economic activity in the country.
"The center is part of a broad program of investment that IBM is making across Africa and reflects IBM's commitment to providing the high-value technology services required by clients in Morocco and French-speaking Africa," said Abdallah Rachidi Alaoui, Country General Manager, IBM Morocco. "It also highlights IBM's commitment to partnering with local universities and academic institutions to deliver high value skills highly relevant in today's marketplace."
Over the next three years, the Morocco Global Delivery Center will employ technology graduates and experienced IT professionals with backgrounds in computer science, engineering, mathematics and science. The center will also offer graduate assignments and internships to attract the best IT talent from across the region.
IBM will work with local universities to support the development of the computer science curriculum and help the next generation of IT talent secure world class training. To cater for changing business needs and the demands of an evolving labor market, students will be equipped with advanced, high demand skills including advanced analytics, process innovation and application development.
"Our work with IBM to create this center reflects the Government of Morocco's deep commitment to investing in developing highly skilled professionals to succeed in competitive global markets," said Mr. Abdelkader Amara, Minister of Industry, Trade and New Technologies. He also added that "The launch and successful development of this technology center, that is expected to grow in the coming years, will result in a culture that will foster and promote a stronger knowledge-based export economy for Morocco."
IBM has been present in Morocco since 1932, and last year, opened an expanded location in the administrative capital, Rabat, doubling IBM's presence and strengthening its operations in the kingdom.
The Morocco Global Delivery Center joins IBM's globally integrated capability network which delivers deep technical and industry expertise to a wide range of public and private sector clients around the world. Last month, IBM recently opened an IBM Services Center in Lille, France that will create up to 700 new technology roles for the French market. These centers are the latest in a series of job-creating investments IBM has made in technology, science and innovation this year. This builds on IBM's efforts to build technology skills for primary and secondary school students, as well as to train college students for technology jobs in local markets.
Recruitment planning for the new positions in Morocco will begin in July in coordination with the National Agency for Employment and Skills Development (ANAPEC) and the Ministry of National Education.
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