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Silicon Accra. Ghana’s Tech Hub

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After the not so successful collaboration between rLG communications and Microsoft in bringing  the much published Hope City Project,  Silicon Accra is hear to bring the idea of a Tech community to Ghana that can be compared to the likes of Silicon Valley in California in the United States of America which accommodates hundreds of startups and Tech giants like Twitter,  Google, Facebook,  Microsoft, etc.

Silicon Accra project is proposed to be located at East Legon Hills in Accra, is expected to be completed in five years, with $50 million to be invested in technology start-ups for the next 10 years.

It is a 60-acre, master-planned, mixed-use, “walkable” city designed with the objective of promoting collaboration, cohesion and creativity and anchored in creating a city, a fund and a community. Silicon Accra will be home to research institutions, large companies and start-ups to provide solutions to some of Africa’s technological problems . The first phase of the project, which consists of 20,000 offices to serve as a co-working space, 220-unit residential apartments and $5 million as seed money for investment for Ghanaian and African technology start-ups, will be ready in two years.The second-phase of the project will allow what its proponents describe as ‘strategic partners’ to invest in infrastructure on a 15-acre land that will be leased to them for 49 years and at no cost. Project stakeholders include the Twelve Springs Investment Group, Global Silicon Valley (GSV) Labs, Royal HaskoningDHV, Mendanha and Sousa Construction and Saint Gobain.Speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting in Accra yesterday, the Chief Executive Officer of Silicon Accra, Mr David Osei, said work had already started on the project with the clearing and the fencing of the land.He said the company would invest $10 million in developing the core infrastructure, including access roads, sustainable energy (electricity and solar energy), water and fibre-optic lines for fast Internet service.

He said the Silicon Accra project was important to deal with key challenges, including sustainable energy, food security and health care, that faced Ghana and other African countries.“It is an investment to create the next technologies that would enable Ghana to be food sufficient, create solutions for health care not just for Ghana but globally,” he said.“We want to create a platform that is sustainable for young start-ups,” he stated.He said although the project was targeted at all sectors of the economy, its main focus was financial innovation, health care, education and agribusiness.“We hope to have 20,000 people working and studying at the same time,” he said.
From TechHabor we say a big thumbs up to the Silicon Accra Team and God’s speed. 
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