It was almost three decades ago that Microsoft opened its first offices in Africa. In this time, we've witnessed incredible growth on the continent - more internet connectivity, more digital capability and more innovation. Africans have expanded the applications of technology, changing the way communities bank, farm and even access healthcare.
At Microsoft, we're very fortunate to have played a part in realising this potential, building strong partnerships to accelerate digital transformation and create sustained societal impact. A big milestone for this investment came earlier this year, as we opened Africa's first hyper-scale datacentres in South Africa, promoting business innovation in the cloud.
As the next step on our journey in Africa, and to better understand a continent rapidly adopting technology in the cloud, and at the edge, Microsoft today launched its first Africa Development Centre (ADC). With two initial sites in Nairobi, Kenya and Lagos, Nigeria, the ADC will serve as a premier centre of engineering for Microsoft, where world-class African talent can create solutions for local and global impact.
The ADC will be unlike any other existing investment on the continent. It will help us better listen to our customers, develop locally and scale for global impact. Beyond that, it's an opportunity to engage further with partners, academia, governments and developers - driving impact in sectors important to the continent, such as FinTech, AgriTech and OffGrid energy.
Phil Spencer, executive sponsor of the ADC and executive vice president at Microsoft
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