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Twitter chooses Ghana as HQ for its Africa operation

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Twitter CEO, Jack Patrick Dorsey has officially announced the presence of a Twitter Headquarters on the African continent by launching in Ghana.

Breaking the news on Twitter, the Twitter CEO thanked President Nana Akufo-Addo for opening the doors for the billion-dollar company.

Why Ghana?

As a champion for democracy, Ghana is a supporter of free speech, online freedom, and the Open Internet, of which Twitter is also an advocate. Furthermore, Ghana’s recent appointment to host The Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area aligns with our overarching goal to establish a presence in the region that will support our efforts to improve and tailor our service across Africa. 

Whenever we enter new markets, we work hard to ensure that we are not just investing in the talent that we hire, but also investing in local communities and the social fabric that supports them. We have already laid foundations through partnerships with Amref Health Africa in Kenya, Afrochella in Ghana, Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative (MANI) in Nigeria, and The HackLab Foundation in Ghana.

As part of our long-term commitment to the region, we’ll continue to explore compelling ways we can use the positive power of Twitter to strengthen our communities through employee engagement, platform activation, and corporate giving. 

We still have much to learn but we are excited to listen, learn, and engage. Public conversation is essential to solving problems, building shared ideas, and pushing us all forward together. We can’t wait for the next step on that journey.

Twitter said it is looking for specialists to join several teams including product, design, engineering, marketing and communications. 

Explaining why the company chose Ghana as its destination, Twitter noted “as a champion for democracy, Ghana is a supporter of free speech, online freedom, and the open internet, of which Twitter is also an advocate.

“Furthermore, Ghana’s recent appointment to host the Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area aligns with our overarching goal to establish a presence in the region that will support our efforts to improve and tailor our service across Africa.” 

Twitter said when it enters a new market, it works hard to ensure that it is not just investing in the talent that it hires, but also investing in local communities and the social fabric that supports them.

Reacting to the news, President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo described the choice of Ghana as headquarters for Twitter’s Africa operations as “excellent news”.

In a tweet, the Ghanaian leader said: “these are exciting times to be in Ghana and to do business in Ghana”.

The President’s tweet read: “The choice of Ghana as HQ for Twitter’s Africa operations is EXCELLENT news. Gov’t and Ghanaians welcome very much this announcement and the confidence reposed in our country.

“As I indicated to @Jack in our virtual meeting of 7th April 2021, this is the start of a beautiful partnership between Twitter and Ghana, which is critical for the dev’t of Ghana’s hugely important tech sector.

“These are exciting times to be in, and to do business in Ghana.”

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