The President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama on Monday 4th March, 2013 cut sod for the start of Rlgs’ USD 10 billion dollar “Hope City” Project to start as the largest of ICT global village in Africa.
“Hope City” is an acronym of Home Office People Environment and It is the cluster of Rlg ICT Park, focused on information Communication Technology, an initiative of Mr. Roland Agambire, Chairman of AGAMS Group in collaboration with the Government of Ghana as part of the national development policy framework, turning Ghana into a knowledge-society and an active player in the global economy.
The president in his speech, pledge government supports to make the “Hope City” come into reality with tax reliefs. He said information communication technology is the enabler for job opportunities for tomorrow’s future and therefore the initiative needs mores partnership.
Mr. Roland Agambire noted that almost six decades after various attempt to surmount the developmental challenges envisioned by the founder and first president of the republic of Ghana Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, a lot more remain undone. And that is why he dares to dream and take risk to surmount some of the developmental challenges.
He said the passion to embark on this journey is driven by the same sense of patriotism, compassion and the love for mankind, amply exhibited by our greater fathers such as Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, who fought the obstacle for Ghana to have political independence. The singular contribution exhibited by Tetteh Quarshie of blessed memory is responsible for the economic contribution from cocoa for years. And this is contribution today; creating a vertical city that will accommodate over 50, 000 people who will leave and work at the place three years from now.
The “Hope City” when completed, will have facilities for accommodation, offices, sports, as well as spacious demarcated areas for lifestyle, education and creativity. Most importantly will have equipments and facilities for the design, fabrication and assembling of a number of innovative products including those of ICT hardware and soft ware development which according to Mr. Roland will afford Ghana the platform to bridge the gap with the rest of the international industrial communities.
Rlgs’ dream is to export technology across the glob and continue to lift the flag of Ghana high on the international stage as “Hope City” is seeking to partner the world’s largest software and program developer, Microsoft Corporation to create economic opportunities for 300 million youth in Africa between ages 15-25, Mr. Roland added.
The cluster is composed by six towers of different dimensions: one tower 270 meter height 75 storys, the highest in Africa, two towers of 216 meter height 60 storys and three towers of 152 meter height 42 storys. The towers are designed to create a central space as a Piazza on three levels which characterizes the podium as a very social place. An inner Garden becomes the connection between architecture and landscape, representing the very common space where people can meet in an interconnected way.
The city is articulated on a plot of 100, 000 square meters, developing a total Gross Floor Area of approximately 1,200,000 square meters for a total built area of approximately 1,500. 000 square meters and situated at Dunkonah, a suburb of the greater Accra Region in the Ga South off Mallam-Kasoa Road