Samsung plans to establish a research and development centre in Kenya


Electronics firm Samsung plans to establish a research and development centre focused on planning, design and development of electronics suited to the Kenyan market.

Samsung Deputy Managing Director Robert Ngeru said the centre will be operational by 2013 and is aimed at practical skills transfer to enable the local talent contribute to product innovation.

"Our aim is to promote co-operation, innovation and the exchange of new ideas in technology so that our products and technologies continue to respond to the felt needs and conditions of the continent," said Ngeru.

Ngeru said the firm is using materials, components and solutions to meet the quality, protection and performance needs of the electronics operating in the continent.

"We have a visionary pillar of developing technology that is built in Africa, for Africa, by Africa to create sustainable opportunities that empower people to live their dreams," added Ngeru.

Samsung aims to post US$10 billion (Sh93 million) in revenue by 2015 in Sub-Saharan Africa with its consumer electronics and mobile products built for the market.

The firm is focusing on Africa's top 10 economies, which together generate 79 per cent of the continent's wealth and house almost 47 pert cent of the population.