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Gemalto expands its presence in Africa with regional office in Côte d’Ivoire

Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, has announced the opening of an office in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, to better meet the needs of its customers on the ground throughout West Africa.

This move is part of the Group’s strategy of being a global player with a local presence, as demonstrated by its 85 offices in 44 countries worldwide.

It also adds to Gemalto’s presence in Africa through its offices and partnerships, in particular in South Africa, Gabon, Ghana, Morocco, Burkina, Kenya and Nigeria.

The new information and communication technologies market in Côte d’Ivoire accounts for nearly 10 percent of the GDP of the country, which has a cell phone penetration rate of more than 90 percent.

This new location will therefore aim to further foster the digital development of the local economic fabric. This genuine technology hub will leverage skill transfer and the pool of engineering excellence available in the country.

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“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 programs,” noted Eric Claudel, President of Africa & Middle East for Gemalto.

“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. It also aims at designing Côte d’Ivoire’s products of tomorrow, in line with its president’s priority to turn it into an emerging country by 2020.”

Gemalto is the world leader in digital security with 2013 annual revenues of €2.4 billion and more than 12,000 employees operating out of 85 offices and 25 research and software development centres, located in 44 countries.