File illustration picture showing the logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone next to the picture of an official German taxi sign in Frankfurt, September 15, 2014. A Frankfurt court earlier this month instituted a temporary injunction against Uber from offering car-sharing services across Germany. San Francisco-based Uber, which allows users to summon taxi-like services on their smartphones, offers two main services, Uber, its classic low-cost, limousine pick-up service, and Uberpop, a newer ride-sharing service, which connects private drivers to passengers - an established practice in Germany that nonetheless operates in a legal grey area of rules governing commercial transportation. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/Files (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT CRIME LAW TRANSPORT)

Uber now in Kumasi

On August 31, 2017, the metropolitan city of Kumasi, became the second city in Ghana to go live with global technology giant, Uber.

A commercial business hub of nearly 2 million people, Kumasi’s rapidly growing population will have access to safe, reliable and alternative means of transportation at the touch of a button.

The Kumasi launch was preceded by the launch of Accra, Ghana’s largest city in 2016, where Uber entered into a Statement of Understanding (SOU) with the Ghanaian Ministry of Transport.

Speaking about Uber’s entry into Kumasi, Alon Lits, General Manager Sub-Saharan Africa, Uber said: “We are immensely pleased to bring a technologically enabled transport system to the people of Kumasi.

With it, Uber will provide them with an alternative way to get from point A to B, and ensure that they’re able to achieve their basic, everyday goals, whether they be business people, students or corporate workers; Uber is here to help support their socio-economic objectives.

Sharing further, he said: “Uber is an innovative, pro smart regulation company; we intend to collaborate with government and work with necessary stakeholders to ensure that we create world-class, affordable systems that create economic opportunities, improve efficiencies and reduce emissions.

A year after taking off in the economically vibrant city of Accra, Uber has offered a friendly and reliable complement to existing transport options, and has created thousands of economic opportunities across Ghana as a whole.


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