HP backs Africa’s growth markets

Brian Humphries ResizeHewlett Packard today announced it has expanded its operations in Africa by establishing new entities in 10 of the continent’s fast-growing economies.  By extending access to its portfolio of hardware, software and services across Africa, HP will enable governments, businesses and consumers there to use information technologies to improve how they work and live.  Their developmental purpose is “create employment, stability and life changing opportunities across the Continent” says     Brian Humphries an HP Senior Vice President

This month, HP announced openings in Angola, Botswana, Congo, Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda. The company expects to announce the opening of offices in Ethiopia, Mauritius and Mozambique by the end of the year. HP also appointed a new country manager in each country to lead local operations.

The new African offices add to HP’s existing operations in Algeria, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa and Tunisia. HP first opened operations in Africa in 1994.

Business customers across Africa will now have better access to HP’s broad portfolio of products and services, allowing them to transform their businesses through the implementation of secure, cloud-based systems. Governments can use HP technology to drive economic growth by modernising the delivery of services in key areas such as education, healthcare and e-Government services. HP also intends to broaden access to its consumer printers and PCs in these markets

Collaboration with universities

HP has signed Memorandums of Understanding with leading universities in the expansion countries, aimed at preparing local university students with the skills and experience required for a career in the IT industry. The agreements call for the creation of HP internships and post-graduate job opportunities for university students, and the creation of curricula to educate students about HP solutions and sales techniques.

The collaboration between HP and Africa’s top universities is designed to foster the development of a local workforce that has the right skills to lead Africa’s burgeoning IT industry in the future.

Innovation in African education

HP has created an Educational Experience Centre for Africa in Casablanca, Morocco, to showcase how the latest technology can enhance the education experience. This facility is among the first of its kind in Africa, and the only such HP facility in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

The centre is open for government officials, educators and students of any level from across Africa to see first-hand how technology can support and improve teaching methods and enhance interactive learning to boost the productivity of Africa’s education sector. The inauguration of the centre is scheduled for next month.

Extending social innovation programs

HP has built on its social innovation strategy in Africa, which seeks to deploy cloud-based and mobile technologies through collaboration with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to reduce poverty, improve healthcare, and connect disparate communities and groups. The strategy has already supported significant work in Africa, such as a relationship with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) to improve infant HIV testing in Kenya, and collaboration with mothers2mothers in support of its mission of preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

HP is extending NGO relationships in five of the countries where new offices have opened:

— In Botswana, HP is collaborating with Positive Innovation for the Next Generation and CHAI to expand the malaria pilot disease surveillance program to other infectious diseases as designated by the Ministry of Health. The program, first introduced in June 2011, mitigates disease outbreaks through a mobile/cloud disease surveillance solution.

  • In Senegal, HP and Tostan are deploying a technology platform to help bring education to adults and adolescents who are without access to formal schooling.
  • In Uganda, HP is working with CHAI to expand the HIV Early Infant Diagnosis Program, which was first launched in Kenya in November 2010.
  • In Tanzania, HP is working with SafePoint Trust to implement a safe injections program and monitor results
  • In Mozambique, HP and Mozambique Development in Motion are establishing a computer lab in a rural secondary school.
  • In Ghana, HP and mPedigree have deployed a drug authentication system that allows consumers to verify that medications they purchase are not counterfeit.

More information about HP’s Social Innovation projects can be found at www.hp.com/go/social-innovation.