Wipro Technologies has chalked out ambitious growth plans for Africa. The IT major plans to set up a strategic delivery center in South Africa which will employ about 1000 skilled professionals over the next three years.
Wipro had chosen South Africa as a market for potential growth and created a special structure to drive global presence and business growth in these focus geographies, claimed the company.
South Africa's IT spending is projected to increase from $10.7 billion in 2011 to about $17.4 billion in 2015. The biggest sectors that contribute to the country's gross domestic product (GDP) include financial services, business services and manufacturing.
The South African government has launched a number of initiatives to boost the IT sector. The country is considered a gateway to other countries in the EMEA region and Wipro is busy building up traction in telecom, financial services and oil and gas industries in Africa.
Its large talent pool with multi-lingual skills, proximity to the Middle-East and Europe, and cultural and business understanding of the market in Africa is a huge benefit that Wipro is eager to tap into.
Manoj Punja, senior vice-president and head - focus markets and global sales operations, Wipro Technologies said, "To tap the large pool of IT educated graduates, Wipro plans to initiate campus recruitment drives and establish training and skills development programmes. These recruits will then undergo a competency evaluation test and be deputed on projects accordingly."
Wipro already has an office in Johannesburg and has around over 500 people onsite and offsite servicing its clients in the region.