Accra is the capital of Ghana, and the largest city in the country. It covers 225.7 km2, and has a population of 2.4 million in 2018. The Globalization and World Cities Research Network classifies Accra as a Gamma level city, which indicates a steadily growing level of global influence and interconnectedness1.
1: "Alpha, Beta and Gamma cities (updated 2018)” Spotted by Locals blog, 11 March 2018
Accra is the centre of Ghana’s financial and commercial sectors. Other businesses in Accra include chemicals, fishing, food processing, lumber and plywood supplies, and textiles. The central business district holds most of the city’s major banks, and is a consumer retail hub. Ghana’s government bodies cluster in an area of the city referred to as the Ministries.
Tourism is a growing source of business in Accra, for local artisans, as well as travel guides. Makola Market is a retail hub that’s also enjoyed by tourists, while more history-minded tourists frequent Jamestown. The Kwame Nkrumah Park and Mausoleum, dedicated to Ghana’s first leader, is also a popular draw. Accra has preserved some of its architecture from the 19th century, when Ghana was colonised by the Dutch and British, a draw for historically minded tourists2.
2: “Accra Architecture and Neighborhoods Tour Including Jamestown”, Lonely Planet
Most foreign businesses set up at least an office in Accra. The city affords immediate proximity to major banks and the government offices. Kotoka International Airport is also located here, making it easy to fly in and out of the country.
One of Enterprise Singapore’s three Africa offices is located in Accra, and has been helping Singaporean businesses enter West Africa since 2013. If you are looking to venture into the region, Accra provides you with a central location, with plenty of key amenities.