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article imageGhana aims to construct an ‘IT City’

By Tim Sandle     Mar 5, 2013 in World
Ghana has announced plans of a project to build a $10 billion IT hub close to the capital Accra. The project is scheduled to be finished by 2016.
The plans were recently announced by Ghana's President John Mahama, according to the newspaper Modern Ghana. The aim is construct a new complex on unoccupied land, which has been dubbed Hope City. The aim is to have Africa's tallest building, at a height of 885 feet.
The plans also indicate space for a workforce of 50,000 people and accommodation for 25,000, Ghana Web notes. Most of the project will be privately funded, with the main investment coming from the African communications firm RLG Communications.
President Mahama is quoted by the BBC as saying: "Government has led growth since independence with all the major investments... The time has come for the private sector to take over," he said at the project's launch.We can see that already in several sectors, including ICT [information, communications and technology] and telecom."
The announcement about the project was made on March 4 at the Ohene Djan Stadium (Accra Sports Stadium), as Day News reports. On March 5, Grammy winning artist Chris Brown performed at Hope City’s launching concert (an evening of different events to celebrate the news). Brown's hits include "Run It!" and "Kiss Kiss".
The Ghana project is being seen as rival to Kenya, which recently announced its own ‘silicon city’: the Konza Technology City, which is targeted for completion by 2030. The BBC notes, in a separate report, that it is expected that more than 20,000 IT jobs will be created in Konza by 2015, and more than 200,000 jobs by 2030.
This will lead to an interesting fight for ascendancy to be the key center for African IT between the two nations.
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