Ghana Cyber City brings innovation, coworking to a new level in West Africa
The New Wave of Coworking In Africa
Coworking is making its name across the globe, from the original site in San Francisco in 2005, to an abundance of locations abroad. From Southeast Asia to Europe, the coworking trend is popular, growing, and here to stay.
In Africa. according to the International Monetary Fund, they need to consume a whopping $90 billion a year in order to fix their infrastructure deficiencies that are currently plaguing the continent. A recent partnership between the African Development Bank and African Union Commision has launched the Partnership for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) which will pour money into four sectors, one of which is information technology and energy, a sector critical to Africa’s infrastructure issue at hand.
Just a few weeks ago, in late July, the first ever coworking conference on the African continent was held in Cape Town, with large supporters such as Uber leading the way. The conference’s site explains why exactly coworking is so important on the continent: “Let’s say that nowhere on Earth, the popping up of coworking spaces is more critical for wealth creation, social and economical development than in Africa.”
And Yaw Owusu couldn’t agree more. Owusus is the managing director at Gateway Innovations Ltd in Ghana, Africa. He recently gave an interview discussing coworking as a whole in Africa, and most importantly announced the interesting project known as the Ghana City Cyber Project.
Gateway Innovations was created in part to manage the Ghana City Cyber project. The project currently stands at the design and idea phase, and has not been placed into actual infrastructure. Owusu described the GCC project as “a business innovation hub, comprising workspace and data center for innovative companies; new age condos for knowledge workers and executives; and a commercial center for technology retailers.”
In collaboration with MIT, the project would incubate African startup firms and its location next to the University of Ghana is a prime location, as it’s one of West Africa’s largest commercial hubs. Essentially, the GCC project hopes to encompass many african startups, and to create jobs, and space, for budding entrepreneurs as the population in Africa is expected to exceed 600 million by the year 2050 — and that’ll only be in the age range of 10 to 24 years old. With tech and innovation the new stars of the industrial world, Africa is looking to keep up with the rest of the world by creating this enormous hub on their western coast to foster tech and more. The company would serve as a training center, hub, accelerator, and incubator for companies and individuals looking to proceed in the the realms of tech, entrepreneurship and innovation.