Twitter has announced that it is building its presence in Africa, by establishing an office in Ghana. Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, revealed this via a tweet today. “Twitter is now present on the continent. Thank you, Ghana and Nana Akufo-Addo,” he said.
Twitter noted in a statement attached to the tweet that it is now actively building a team in Ghana “to be more immersed in the rich and vibrant communities that drive the conversations taking place every day across the continent.”
Twitter posted job openings for several positions ranging from product and engineering to design, marketing, and communications. Although Twitter expects to open an office in the country soon, individuals will occupy these positions remotely.
Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo expressed his delight at the news, saying, “the choice of Ghana as HQ for Twitter’s Africa operations is excellent news. Government and Ghanaians welcome very much this announcement and the confidence reposed in our country.”
He also revealed that he met with Dorsey virtually on April 7th, where the two parties may have closed the contract.
“As I indicated to Jack in our virtual meeting on 7th April 2021, this is the start of a beautiful partnership between Twitter and Ghana, which is critical for the development of Ghana’s hugely important tech sector. These are exciting times to be in and to do business in Ghana,” he added.
Twitter’s decision to begin its African expansion with Ghana is based on the country’s AfCFTA negotiations and access to the internet, according to the company.
“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,” the statement read.