HP is still investing in Africa, and has announced the establishment of a Global Support Centre in Tunis, Tunisia. It will open during the first half of 2010 and it is estimated that the new venture will create up to 800 new jobs in the region.
Construction of the HP Centre in Tunis is currently underway and, once it's complete, HP will combine its existing sales, marketing and software support operations in the new facility. HP has been working closely with the Tunisian Ministry of Telecommunications to complete the project.
“HP is excited about the prospects for IT development in African countries and the role IT can play in wider economic development,” says Santiago Cortes, MD of HP’s Middle East, Mediterranean & Africa region. “HP is already Africa’s leading IT company. We are fully committed to supporting the growth of the IT industry and employment in these markets, and believe that many African countries can play a much bigger role in the global technology marketplace.”
The establishment of the Tunisian Support Centre joins other HP initiatives to support the maturing information technology industry in Africa. These include the "BrainGain" project – which uses grid and cloud computing to link universities in Africa and the Middle East to global research networks – and the "Innovation in Education" programme, which supports technology development at schools and universities across the continent.
HP also founded and supports the HP Business Institute in South Africa, which aims to develop promising small and medium IT enterprises owned by previously-disadvantaged communities.
In addition, HP manages 70 ‘GET-IT’ centres in 25 developing countries, where unemployed graduates receive business and IT training and are supported in their entrepreneurial projects.