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23.11.2011 Technology

Fasmicro And Kumasi Center For Lifelong Learning Partner To Deepen Emerging Technology Penetration In Ghana.

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First Atlantic Semiconductors & Microelectronics (FASMICRO) and Kumasi Center for Lifelong Learning (KCLL) executed a Memorandum of Understanding last week to work together to deepen emerging technology penetration in Ghana.

Through this partnership, FASMICRO will provide technical leadership and advisory services to help KCLL jumpstart a world-class training program on embedded systems especially in microcontroller programming and field programmable gate array (FPGA).KCLL is a non-profit that focuses on capacity building for youth and hopes to use this relationship to empower a new generation of young Ghanaians and subsequently expose them in cutting-edge technologies.

Fasmicro is a leader in embedded systems engineering and the first and only West Africa's Training and Design Services Partner of Altera Corporation (www.altera.com) – a U.S. semiconductor company. Altera is NASDAQ traded company in the U.S. with market capitalization in excess of $11 billion.

Ghanaians through the KCLL and Fasmicro partnership will have the opportunity of being trained by the best team in this trade in West Africa and begin that transition of acquiring skills that will improve productivity and facilitate economic development. Fasmicro has the experience, expertise and networks to deliver any program with total commitment to quality.

KCLL will be sending its team to Fasmicro Owerri office for training and afterwards, Fasmicro engineers will help them setup a program in Ghana. The agreement includes technical mentoring as the two institutions work out the right plan that will work. But one thing is certain; professionals will be on ground in Kumasi to scale the program which has helped many Nigerians.

According to the Executive Director of KCLL, Yaw Adu-Gyamfi, “this partnership will provide the next future, not just for Ghana, but for the whole region. The era of training youth on welding, carpentry, tailoring, should be enhanced with microelectronics training option. We are truly honored to have this association and look forward to an enduring and fruitful relationship”.

Victor Dike, Fasmicro Business Development Manager noted that “no startup in Nigeria has built the brand recognition Fasmicro has accomplished within a short time period. Focus, innovation and commitment to excellence will continue to drive the future of this company. We are excited to work with KCLL as we look towards our singular goal: invent a new Africa. Our technical team lead by one of the best minds in the nation, Engr Agu Chux, is ready to work with KCLL and give Ghanaians the professional class in FPGA and microcontroller. We are technical leaders and microelectronics industry in West Africa is our creation”.

For the two firms, it is a big day for West Africa as the future will be defined not by minerals and hydrocarbons, but my technology. Microelectronics being the most dominant in the world cannot be penetrating at a better time. We remain optimistic that within a decade the future computer microchips will be designed and developed in West Africa. This is that roadmap to greatness – a great day for our region.

About FASMICRO
FASMICRO is a fully incorporated knowledge company with Nigeria's Corporate Affairs Commission. It has a team of engineers and economists who are poised to use emerging technology diffusion to create the next future in Africa. It does design, advisory, research, training in microelectronics, embedded systems, apps, web and embedded software. FASMICRO has business offices in London, Boston, Owerri and Lagos with representatives in almost all major cities in Nigeria. For more about FASMICRO, visit www.fasmicro.com

About KCLL
Kumasi Center for Life-Long Learning (KCLL) is a non-profit organization registered in Ghana. The organization is strategically focused on building the capacity of the youth of Ghana through creating avenues for skills training, providing advocacy on dealing with challenges faced by the youth, and providing youth counseling and guidance activities. For more about KCLL, visit www.kumasicenter.org

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