Government has completed the necessary work on the Accra Digital Centre, paving the way for its operations to begin.
It has consequently begun accepting applications from technology and Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) companies, with the view of hosting them at the Centre, established by the government of Ghana with support from the World Bank and the Rockefeller Foundation.
With a total of 12 unit blocks, the Centre will host ICT/BPO companies for the purpose of digital job creation.
Each of the 12 blocks have a 750 square-metre space, providing a total work space of 9,000 sqm and six one-storey office buildings with 24 rooms to serve as common service areas.
One block is reserved for digital entrepreneurship programme that seeks to help nurture technology startups.
The Accra Digital Centre is capable of hosting up to 10,000 direct digital and ancillary jobs.
It is being managed by the Ghana Digital Centres Limited (GDCL) which is under the Ministry of Communications. The move is to ensure that it is operated on a sustainable basis.
GDCL’s mission is to lead the development of Technology Parks and Digital Centres across Ghana by providing the required infrastructure, facilities, environment, services and programmes that foster the growth of the ICT and BPO industry as part of the strategy to make Ghana the ICT/BPO hub of the sub-region.
Chief Executive of GDCL, Eric Ofosu Nkansah, said government is providing technology companies and entrepreneurs with the affordable infrastructure and facilities at the Centre to enable them grow.
“Over the years, high rent fees for office space in Accra has been a hindrance to growth of the BPO sector in Ghana. Government is therefore providing the affordable work space as an incentive to attract more companies in the BPO space to drive the BPO/ICT industry,” he said.
ICT and BPO companies are interested in getting office space at the Centre for their operations can download application forms at www.adc.gov.gh/forms or pick forms at the Accra Digital Centre located at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle.
There are plans by GDCL to establish an ICT park or Digital Centre per region to harness the digital potential of the entire Country to promote Job Creation and Economic Development.