The American Oracle expands its R&D activities in Morocco

The American Oracle expands its R&D activities in Morocco
The American Oracle expands its R&D activities in Morocco

After the opening of its center in Casanearshore in 2022, the Californian technology group Oracle will strengthen its research and development (R&D) capabilities in Morocco, where its workforce will be increased to 1,000 young people specializing in information technologies. 40% of the jobs created will be distributed outside the Casa-Rabat axis. New offices are planned in Agadir and the North

The American technology group Oracle will strengthen its commitment to research and development (R&D) by expanding its activities in Morocco, where its workforce will be increased to 1,000 highly qualified young talents, specialized in information technologies.

This strategic expansion comes following an agreement signed Thursday in San Francisco, hub of technological innovation in the United States, by the Minister Delegate in charge of Digital Transition and Administration Reform, Ghita Mezzour and the President and CEO of Oracle, Safra Catz, to consolidate links and commitment to innovation in Morocco.

It is also about catalyzing the progress of cutting-edge technologies developed by Oracle, intended to meet the challenges encountered by its customers on a global scale, according to a joint press release which confirms and clarifies information previously given by Challenge.

The signing ceremony took place in the presence of the Minister Delegate in charge of Investment, Convergence and Evaluation of Public Policies, Mohcine Jazouli, and the Director General of the Moroccan Agency for Investment and Export Development (AMDIE), Ali Seddiki.

“In this cutting-edge center, young Moroccans will be at the forefront of the design and development of innovative solutions, covering the latest technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data, cloud computing and cybersecurity,” noted the minister. For her, these solutions will be deployed on a global scale, thus strengthening Morocco’s position as a regional digital hub.

For her part, the CEO of Oracle declared that the Oracle R&D center in Casablanca “has already played a crucial role in creating technical breakthroughs, improving cybersecurity, and deploying impactful new AI capabilities.”

A first of its kind in Africa

“By expanding our R&D presence in Morocco, we can further leverage its talent pool to accelerate the development of solutions that help our global clients grow their businesses and succeed in their industries,” Catz emphasized in the joint statement.

Oracle’s expansion, a first of its kind in Africa and the 8th in the world, comes following the opening of its development center at Parc Casanearshore in Casablanca in May 2022 where 100 researchers were announced. At the time, Catz was received by Aziz Akhannouch.

During a visit to the campus of the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P), Safra Catz set the tone for this expansion in Morocco, the country being “the hub for research and development”then indicated the UM6P in a press release.

For his part, Hassan Chafi, vice president of advanced R&D at Oracle Labs, declared that “The new Oracle Labs center in Morocco will join a global network of sites working on advanced technologies. We hope that our laboratory will contribute to increasing R&D opportunities between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco and Bahrain.”. “Such collaboration in the field of IT will constitute another link that will strengthen relations between the signatories of the Abraham Accords”he emphasized.

At this center, engineers and researchers develop Oracle cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and machine learning technologies to address the most pressing challenges facing businesses, scientific research, and the public sector across the world. world.

According to Oracle’s press release, around 40% of the jobs created will be distributed outside the regions of Greater Casablanca and Rabat-Salé-Kénitra, with the aim of creating professional opportunities across the Kingdom.

This approach provides, it is indicated, for the opening of new Oracle offices in Agadir this year, as well as in the North of the Kingdom over the next two years. In November 2023, Oracle signed an agreement with Rabat for the development of local digital skills

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