IBM opens first Kuwait office
Company hopes for expanded footprint across region
IBM today announced plans to open an office in Kuwait, marking the US company's first presence in the country.
IBM was upbeat about the potential for the office to enhance its ability to "provide solutions and services to a rapidly expanding base of customers and partners in the region".
The new subsidiary is licensed by the Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority (KDIPA) a state body responsible for attracting direct investment from foreign and national sources.
"The Kuwaiti government recognises the central role that IT plays in the diversification of the economic base of the country to achieve Kuwait's 2035 national vision, and streamline its transition to a sustainable knowledge-based economy," said Dr Meshaal Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, director general, KDIPA. "We strongly believe that IBM will continue to enhance its role in supporting the modernisation of Kuwait's IT sector with its global outreach and locally attuned expertise."
"Our Kuwait office will enable IBM to increase its level of service to clients across the region and to deliver high-value solutions for their business," said Amr Refaat, general manager, IBM Middle East and Pakistan. "The Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority has been a key supporter in facilitating IBM's presence in the country. We believe that Kuwait is a particularly important geography within the Middle East given a diversifying economic landscape and the continued maturity of the country's IT sector."