Tuesday, March 29, 2016


By William Yaw Owusu
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Technology giant Oracle has opened its new African regional operations office in Accra with a resolve to deepen its commitment towards innovation, leadership and excellence on the continent.

The office, located in the plush Stanbic Heights at Airport City, is expected to pursue its cloud portfolio expansion and provide quality consulting services to clients in the sub-region.

Paul Taylor, Commercial Attache at the Unites States Embassy, Accra, who represented the US Ambassador at the ceremony, said Africa’s economy is expanding at a faster rate and the need to invest on the continent was growing.

He said Ghana has a vast business potential and must be harnessed to the benefit of the people.

Mr Taylor reiterated the US government’s commitment to deepening trade ties on the continent.

He also said technological advancement has become the mainstay of almost every economy and Africa cannot afford to be left out on the new order.

Mr Taylor commended Oracle highly for opening offices in Africa, saying “the innovation that Oracle brings is exciting.”

Cherian Varghese, Oracle’s Cluster Leader for Sub Saharan Africa, said the opening of the new regional facility showed the growth of Oracle’s business in Ghana.

He said that Oracle, apart from the its business growth, had undertaken a number of training programmes for educators and learners in Ghana, saying “we are investing heavily in Ghana because we believe in the potential path it is taking.”

“Oracle Ghana understands the importance of personal engagement with its customers and partners, and the new office affords the company the opportunity to strengthen those relationships even further,” he said.

Joseph Asumang, Country Manager of Oracle, said the company had invested $39 billion in research alone since 2004.

“Our technology is built on open industry standards and one way that Oracle’s engineers drive innovation is by participating in more than a hundred standards-setting organizations.”

He added that “our customers are using information technology as a powerful tool. They are saving money, they are delivering services that were not possible before and they are finding very smart ways to bring their products to the market.”

Patricia Dovi-Sampson, Head of Research, Statistics and Information Management at the Ministry of Communications, who represented the sector minister, said government was committed to improving ICT infrastructure.

Ms Dovi-Sampson also said it was promoting collaboration with the private sector in the area of capacity-building.

She said the government was proud to be associated with Oracle’s initiatives in the country.

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