By Simnikiwe Mzekandaba*
Multinational technology and consulting firm IBM has expanded its technology operations capital city of Morocco Rabat, in a bid to capitalise on the country’s encouraging economic growth rates.
According to the World Bank, last year Morocco’s GDP growth rate was 4.5%.
Subsequently, IBM has announced that it would be opening a second office in Rabat as part of plans to enhance its existence in that country and broaden its investment programmes.
“IBM is placing a strong emphasis on investment in Morocco as we recognise the opportunities presented by high growth rates and an increasingly competitive market,” said Abdallah Rachidi Alaoui, IBM general manager, Morocco.
Alaoui adds, “Strengthening our presence in Rabat, we are able to offer the most advanced technologies and solutions to our local partners and clients.”
IBM is currently present in more than 20 African countries including South Africa, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria.
Through IBM technology the Moroccan government says it has been able to put in a range of online services to its departments.
“Moroccan citizens can now pay taxes or income returns online, and a company can clear goods through customs in a simple click,” said Nizar Baraka, minister of Economy and Finance.