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Why are the technology giants like Google and Microsoft investing in Africa?

Well, farmers in Africa can now.

Thanks to one of Google's many products, TensorFlow, rural farmers across the continent can diagnose diseased plants by photographing it.
TensorFlow came with the introduction of Google's AI in Accra, the capital of Ghana earlier this year.
The Center, one of the many investments of the multinational technology company in Africa, is made up of researchers and engineers from across the continent who build resources to solve various African problems through AI.

Just as Google uses technology to create tools that meet Africa's growing needs, Microsoft continues to invest in the development of technology talents across the continent.

This week, the company launched its African Development Center (ADC) with two original sites in Nairobi, Kenya and Lagos, Nigeria.

Microsoft Development Center

More than 100 local engineers and developers will be hired to work in Microsoft's new facilities in both countries in the field of artificial intelligence, machine learning and mixed-innovation, according to Microsoft. The plan is to increase this fund by workers up to 500 to 2023.

"Our desire is to recruit outstanding engineering talent from across the continent that will build innovative solutions for global impact," said Michael Fortin, Microsoft's corporate vice president in a statement.

Fortin said Microsoft hopes to create engineers' opportunities to work from their native countries while being part of the larger global engineering organization.

African analyst Bankole Oluwafemi believes the initial focus on Nigeria and Kenya is that the two countries have large developer communities.

Kenya and Nigeria over the last decade have earned the reputation of a technology haven for their major technology start-ups, funding, and mobile access.
According to a report by Disrupt Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa have earmarked the highest funds for technology start-ups in Africa last year, emerging as the best investment destinations for companies in the early stages of the continent.

Technology giants in Africa

Now, approximately 226 million, the number of smartphone connections in Africa has doubled over the past two years, according to a report released by GSMA on Africa's Mobile Economy.
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This jump, coupled with the growing number of technology centers and companies in major African cities, is an asset for technology investors. Therefore, Microsoft and Google are not the only international technology companies claiming their continent.
The technology company Andela, known for identifying and training software developers, currently has three technology campuses in Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda. In recent years, the company has set up factories for technical talents in the continent.
And in March, Chinese telecom giant Huawei also joined the league, announcing the launch of two data centers in South Africa.
In addition to employment, the presence of international technical centers on the continent enables African developers and engineers to work in global projects on a large scale, entrepreneur and co-founder of Andela, says Ian Aboyeji.

"Before that, African entrepreneurs had to leave their countries to gain global opportunities, and now these opportunities meet them on the continent," he told CNN.

For Aboyeji, development reaffirms the competence and talent of technology developers in Africa.

"I hope these opportunities are not concentrated only in the big cities, but they extend to other places," he added.

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