IBM has announced a new Global Delivery Centre in Casablanca that will create up to 400 information technology roles in Morocco over the next three years. The centre 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 Centre 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 centre is expected to help stimulate economic activity in the country.

“The centre 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,” says Abdallah Rachidi Alaoui, Country GM, 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 Centre will employ technology graduates and experienced IT professionals with backgrounds in computer science, engineering, mathematics and science. The centre 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.