SAP Africa has revealed the official opening of its new office in Casablanca, Morocco. The office opening coincided with the 2016 SAP Africa Francophone Partner Forum event in Casablanca where approximately 100 SAP partners attended. The news follows the announcement in December 2015 of the opening of an SAP office in Luanda, Angola.
The new office is located in Casablanca’s CasaNearShore Park and is headed up by Gilles Leprêtre as Managing Director for Francophone Africa. Leprêtre has been with SAP for ten years in various leadership capacities and has been in charge of the growth for this strategic region for two years.
The official opening of the new office in Morocco comes on the heels of the successful skills development and job creation programme SAP Africa conducted in 2015. SAP Skills for Africa is SAP Africa’s skills development and job creation initiative aimed at developing ICT and business skills in strategic locations.
As further validation of SAP’s commitment to spread digital literacy across Africa, SAP and partners launched Africa Code Week in 2015 across 17 African countries, including seven in French-speaking Africa. The hugely successful initiative that will be taking place again this year aims to teach software coding skills free of charge to Africa’s youth who represent the youngest population and fastest growing digital consumer market on the planet. Close to 88,000 children were trained across the continent last year, far exceeding the target of 20,000 and 35,000 of them were from Morocco which was also the leading participating country.
As a ramp-up to this year’s Africa Code Week, a team of SAP Master Instructors led several Train-The-Trainers sessions on the Scratch (Level 2) programme for 600 computer science teachers from the Ministry of National Educational and Vocational Training in Morocco in early April. The Ministry’s collaboration and similar commitment towards spreading digital literacy across the country is key to the viral success of Africa Code Week in Morocco and crucial to the planned engagement of tens of thousands more young people this year from October 15-23, 2016.