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Digital security firm Gemalto, in a bid to serve its customers throughout West Africa, has announced the opening of an office in Abidjan city of Côte d’Ivoire

gemaltoThe new regional office adds to Gemalto’s existing presence in South Africa, Gabon, Ghana, Morocco, Burkina Faso, Kenya and Nigeria. (Image source: Flávio Arns/Flickr)

According to the company, the move is part of the firm’s strategy to becoming a global player with a local presence. 

Eric Claudel, president of Gemalto Africa and Middle East said, “This new expertise and engineering hub will allow the implementation of an inverted innovation process, repurposing existing solutions to meet the needs and specificities of the local market.”

The information and communication technologies market in Côte d’Ivoire accounts for nearly 10 per cent of the GDP of the country, which has a cellphone penetration rate of more than 90 per cent, stated the security firm.

“This new regional office will aim to further foster the digital development of the local economic fabric. This technology hub will leverage skill transfer and the pool of engineering excellence available in the country,” added Gemalto.

Gemalto is playing a key role in the digital revolution taking place in Africa and has already demonstrated its position as a major player in the field of telecommunications, banking services and governmental programmes, noted Claudel.