Mogadishu (UM) – Somalia’s technology sector is making a rapid growth and its actors are providing innovative ICT solutions to local businesses and personal problems. SOSTEC Inc, a pioneering tech giant that has played a major role in the sector’s development turns 12 this week.
The technology firm celebrated its 12th anniversary in style on 8th August and released a well articulated corporate video ― that has got impressive engagements in social media ― to commemorate company’s birthday.
It all started with an idea and a single computer owned by Zahra Abdikarim, and within few years of operation the company’s services spread across the country and beyond as the modern business environment continuously faces problems that require ICT experts and solutions.
SOSTEC came at a time when local businesses were not familiar with the solutions and opportunities that technology contributes to their daily operations and how it could empower their businesses, but now that has changed.
“When we started this company, most of business owners and local Somalis were not familiar with the power of technology and how it could help them achieve operations excellence, by the grace of Allah, we easily managed to help them realize that. Somali businesses are rapidly moving from manual to computerized corporate management systems” said Zahra in an exclusive interview with UM.
According to SOSTEC’s recent corporate video, the company has succeeded to “serve thousands of satisfied customers, completed hundreds of successful projects with over 30 young energetic professionals and partnered with over hundreds of local and international companies to offer and deliver cutting-edge technology solutions” to its global and Somali clients.
Eng. Zahra’s effort to start this successful company is widely appreciated and acknowledge by many, and she is now considered to be an inspiring icon for aspiring technology entrepreneurs of this recovering nation.
After 12 years the establishment of the company, young Somali graduates are initiating online commerce and ICT startups by utilizing SOSTEC’s experiences, software solutions and web development services.
Despite being profit seeking, the firm founded and sponsors a non-for-profit entity called SOSTEC Foundation that helps young Somalis and university students improve and build their technology skills to get employment opportunities in today’s competitive and fastly growing ICT jobs market.
“We don’t just focus on profit and building our financial wealth, we also give back to our society through different corporate social responsibility programs and a nonprofit organization we started in 2014, SOSTEC Foundation” said SOSTEC’s Business Development Director, Mowliid A. Hassan.