HP is to establish new subsidiaries in Angola and Libya. They will include sales, services and support responsibility for customers in both countries. They should be operational by 2010.
This latest expansion will increase HP’s footprint across the continent to nine full subsidiaries (Algeria, Angola, Egypt, Kenya, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, and Tunisia) and partner representation in over 50 countries.
The new subsidiaries are part of HP's focus on Africa. In June 2009 HP announced that 16 educational institutes across Africa were among 50 Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) recipients awarded HP Innovation in Education’ grants. Each grant is valued at $100,000 and awarded for innovative teaching and learning projects.
Also in June, HP and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) announced the opening of 14 additional training centres in Africa to expand HP’s youth entrepreneurship and IT education programme HP Graduate Entrepreneurship Training through IT programme (GET-IT). This brings the total number of centres to nearly 100 in 30 countries in EMEA.
And, in July, HP announced the creation of 800 new jobs in a new Global Support Centre in Tunis, Tunisia.
In September HP, together with UNESCO, announced the expansion of the BrainGain initiative from five to 20 higher education institutions throughout the Middle East and Africa. "Brain Gain Initiative" uses grid and cloud computing to empower university faculty and students who have stayed in their home countries to engage in real-time scientific collaboration with others around the world.
That month, HP in Africa also completed its first ‘Sales University’ and hired over 50 graduates into the company.
“The African continent plays a major role in HP’s growth strategy," says Rainer Koch, MD of HP’s Africa region. "Today's announcement, and our plans for future geographic expansion, illustrates our commitment to current and future customers across Africa.
"With these investments, I fully expect to see rapid growth in our customer base, revenue and employee numbers across the continent. HP is excited about the prospects for IT market in African countries and the role IT can play in wider economic development."