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First-of-its-kind data centre to support Ghana's digital ambitions

According to Africa Data Centres, the presence of local data centres will attract investment from international digital entities to help the country achieve its digital ambitions. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

Africa Data Centres, part of Cassava Technologies, has signed a statement reaffirming its partnership to strengthen ICT infrastructure in Africa with the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)

As outlined by the company, Africa Data Centres intends to mobilise funds from its existing DFC financing commitment of US$300mn to develop a first-of-its-kind facility in Ghana that will provide up to 30MW of IT load. It also highlighted DFC’s continued interest in supporting the company’s expansions in countries eligible for DFC financing. 

DFC CEO Scott Nathan, remarked, “DFC’s support for Africa Data Centres is a demonstration of our commitment to 21st century infrastructure, and the United States’ commitment to supporting safe, secure, and trusted ICT infrastructure that connects communities to the opportunities of the global marketplace.  Markets with trusted technology and dependable data storage can become magnets for businesses that create jobs and opportunities in high-growth sectors.  As this planned facility becomes operational, it will help to enable development and economic growth for communities across Ghana.” 

According to Africa Data Centres, the West African country will benefit enormously from the new facility as it will allow for locally-generated data not to leave the country’s borders and the presence of local data centres will attract even more investment from international digital entities. 

Hardy Pemhiwa, president and CEO of Cassava Technologies, surmised, “Over the past decade, Ghana has embarked on a transformative journey, and one area that is seeing significant focus is its burgeoning technology sector. With a youthful and dynamic population, a government that provides support, and a thriving startup ecosystem, Ghana is well-positioned to emerge as a prominent technology hub within the next five years.”