(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Amazon, a United States multinational technology company, has chosen South Africa as the headquarters for its African market.
This development comes a week after Twitter, US-based microblogging and social networking service announced the opening of its first-ever African office in Ghana.
The announcement has since generated reactions from some Nigerians on Twitter, as they have taken to social media platforms to register different opinions, especially on the choice of Ghana instead of NigeriaSimilarly, the German government said a new German-West African Centre for Global Health and Pandemic Prevention will be located in Ghana.
BusinessTech reports that authorities of Cape Town, South Africa, confirmed that the headquarters will be located at River Club, a mixed-use development project in Cape Town that costs R4 billion (about $280 million).
In April 2020, Amazon, founded by Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest person, launched its first data centres for Amazon Web Services (AWS) in Cape Town.
However, its e-commerce services are not yet available anywhere on the African continent.City officials said 5,239 jobs will be created in the construction phase, alongside up to 19,000 indirect and induced jobs. The development is envisaged to take place in phases, with construction set to take place over three to five years.