Hewlett-Packard eyes Africa for customer support

A HP Invent logo is pictured in front of Hewlett-Packard international offices in Meyrin near Geneva August 4, 2009. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

MARRAKESH, Morocco (Reuters) - Computer group Hewlett-Packard is looking to Africa as a potential platform for technical support for its customers elsewhere in the world, said its managing director Rainer Koch.

“We see Africa as a potential base for providing all sort of services and technical support for customers outside of Africa,” he told Reuters on the sidelines of conference in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh on development of African cities.

“We plan to invest more in the future on the continent on that perspective,” Koch added.

He said by end of next year at least 1,000 people will be working for HP in North Africa to support customers abroad. (Reporting by Diabie Ba; Editing by David Holmes)