Virginia Rometty, CEO of IBM announced May 23rd that IBM plans to expand operations in France, creating 1800 jobs, According to a report from Le Monde.
Rometty made the announcement at the Tech for Good Summit in Paris, hosted by Emmanuel Macron, President of France.
Building on the idea of France as a center of excellence dedicated to AI, the Tech Titan said it may hire 1800 specialists in France. IBM indicated that the fields they need specialists in are blockchain, AI, and IoT, including around 400 research specialists, previously announced January of this year. In efforts to expand their operations in the country, IBM is partnering with major firms such as Crédit Mutuel, Orange Bank, Generali, SNCF, and LVMH.
IBM has slowly but steadily expanded its involvement in blockchain, starting to apply the tech in a number of new projects. In January of this year, IBM partnered with Maersk, the Danish transport, and logistics firm, to create a blockchain-based shipping and supply chain venture. The project aims to commercialize blockchain for all aspects of the global supply chain system.
Last March, IBM also announced that the world’s smallest computer will use blockchain technology and, they claim, will soon be embedded in everyday objects and devices.