10.2 – Major Technology Villages

10.2 – Major Technology Villages

As technology continues to redesign industrial competitions and shapes lives, new ecosystems have emerged. One of those ecosystems is called a Technology Village. A technology village is a built real estate that provides tenants with different services that include collaborative supports, customized lease, equipment, networking opportunities and community organizations, education programs, lending networks, tax incentives, infrastructure and other benefits. In Africa, governments have identified this value and are creating tech villages; the following are examples: 

Konza Technology City (Kenya) is a multibillion dollar technology and financial metropolis located southeast of Nairobi that includes a business district, a university, residential areas and city parks. Dubbed the “African Silicon Savannah”, the city is expected to provide 100,000 jobs. The City is a business process outsourcing (BPO) project and is marketed by the Kenyan government through Kenya ICT Board.

Hope City (Ghana) is a $10 billion hi-tech hub with goal to foster technological growth and innovation by attracting key players in the global ICT industry to Ghana. Some of the facilities will include an assembly plant, business offices, a university, a hospital, housing, and recreation spaces. The goal is to transform Ghana into center of world-class innovation. The technology park will house 25,000 residents and create jobs for 50,000 people.  It is being undertaken by RLG Communications and the HOPE City is an acronym for Home, Office, People and Environment.

Abuja Technology Village (Nigeria) aspires to become Africa’s preferred technology research, incubation, development and outsourcing destination where technology businesses will be provided a balanced lifestyle environment to operate with competitive advantages. The businesses will have access to Africa’s largest consumer market and its largest economy by GDP, equidistant proximity to every part of Nigeria and easy access to key global destinations. This is being done while harnessing the resource potentials of higher institutions and attracting participation from leading global brands and local technology entrepreneurs. Overall, one-stop/compact response to the challenges of doing business in Nigeria shall be provided across such areas as access to superior infrastructure and reliable connectivity, high quality real estate, availability of dependable information and provision of services of relevant agencies in the same location. The special economic zone is being promoted by the Federal Capital Administration of Nigeria.

Smart Village Cairo (Egypt) is a village with administrative buildings and green spaces, as well as a lake area and waterfalls. The first stage of the Smart Village has been inaugurated; it includes Communication Centre building, Business Service Center, Conference Center, and Technological incubators which support new small businesses and small investors in the field of technology. There are also a post services centre, a reception and meetings center, a library and a center for electronic printing, publishing, and imaging. It is promoted by the Egyptian government.

Ebene Cyber-City in Mauritius: Ébène City is a city on the island nation of Mauritius, 15 km south of the capital, Port Louis. The CyberCity is being promoted as a new information technology hub for Mauritius and as a link between African and Asian markets. Ebene, a cable landing point of the SAFE high-speed submarine communications cable between South Africa and Malaysia, is also the home of AfriNIC, the Regional Internet Registry for Africa, and other IT companies.

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