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Ghana’s city of hope

Ghana’s city of hope

Ghana’s new Cape Coast Stadium is currently being built by Jiangxi International of China at a cost of $30m. With a capacity of 15,000 spectators, the stadium will mainly be used to host football matches but also has an athletics track and is surrounded by a variety of sports infrastructure, such as tennis, handball and basketball courts.

The Ghanaian government plans to develop an information communication technology (ICT) centre in Accra. It is forecast that $10bn will eventually be invested in the City of Hope in the suburb of Kasoa. The centrepiece of the project will be a 270-metre-high tower, which will be the highest building in Africa. ICT companies and training centres should create 50,000 jobs, while residential and leisure areas will provide housing and entertainment for 25,000 people.

While the oil, cocoa and gold mining sectors account for most interest in the Ghanaian economy, the ICT industry has grown strongly over the past five years. Many firms have been set up by Ghanaians returning from overseas, including the UK and the US. Other, fully home-grown enterprises have managed to carve a niche for themselves in international markets.

The government hopes that many of them will move into the new centre to create a globally important IT hub that can provide yet another strand to the buoyant domestic economy. The first roots of a potential call centre sector are also beginning to appear, as call centre costs in India are beginning to increase. Ghanaian firm Rlg Communications, which produces communications equipment such as mobile phones, laptops and tablets, is playing a major role in developing the scheme.

Chief executive Roland Agambire said: “While bringing modernity and excellence into the design of the City of Hope, all efforts have been made in incorporating the Ghanaian ingenuity and culture in the architecture as its inspiration.” Elsewhere, stadia and conference centres continue to account for a significant proportion of large-scale construction projects on the continent. For instance, Ghana’s new Cape Coast Stadium is currently being built by Jiangxi International of China at a cost of $30m. With a capacity of 15,000 spectators, the stadium will mainly be used to host football matches but also has an athletics track and is surrounded by a variety of sports’ infrastructure, such as tennis, handball and basketball courts.

In Zambia, the town of Livingstone is currently preparing to host of the 20th Session of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly in August. The town was selected because of its proximity to Victoria Falls, one of Southern Africa’s biggest tourist destinations. Cement suppliers in the country have been working overtime to ensure that a raft of new projects are completed on time, including a stadium, central bus station and market, plus the modernisation of Livingstone’s transport infrastructure.

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