Bolt has opened its Africa Head Office in Nairobi to leverage the city’s strategic position to serve as a regional hub for its operations in Africa.
The office which is located in Riverside Drive, Nairobi, Kenya, will act as the regional nerve centre of the company whose operations in Africa cuts through seven countries including; Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa and Tunisia.
The office will provide an opportunity for Bolt to run its operations in a more integrated and cohesive manner across the region.
Speaking during the official opening, Bolt Regional Director and Interim VP for Rides, Paddy Partridge noted that the investment is significant in strengthening Bolt’s presence in Africa as a region considering the country’s strategic location and infrastructural advancement.
“This investment is strategic for us as it will enable us to run and coordinate operations seamlessly across Africa in an integrated manner. It also provides us access to the great COMESA regional markets which we are keen to expand to. Africa as a region, shares a lot in common, and Kenya acts as a great gateway in the region. Its strategic location in the region and the available infrastructure has enabled us to grow tremendously in the East African market and we believe we can leverage this to still achieve more across the entire continent,” said Paddy Partridge.
The office will now host the company’s top-brass leadership overseeing operations across Africa including; Regional Director and Interim VP for Rides, Regional Manager for Ride-hailing, East Africa, Regional Marketing Manager, Africa, Senior Head of Public Policy and Legal Director for Africa.
Currently, Bolt has a growing workforce of over 500 individuals looking after its operations, growth and excellence in the region.
The company currently creates earning opportunities for more than 400,000 drivers in more than 70 cities in Africa. The company will still maintain its local offices in each of these markets to seamlessly coordinate its operations in a more personalized manner.
Bolt also launched Bolt Food delivery services in Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa to support businesses in the food industry, ranging from small, medium to large scale, by connecting them to a wide customer base. Bolt Food currently boasts of over 4500 active restaurants on-boarded and a growing network of cities across Africa thereby, creating earning opportunities in the gig economy in the region.
“We continue to deepen our presence in the region and remain committed to positively contribute to the economic growth of Africa. Our commitment to provide unified world-class services and top-notch customer support in the region is further reinforced through this investment. This is just the beginning, and we hope it enables us to develop a cohesive model for sustainable cities engagement that will help improve city services, and urban transportation for the millions of people in the region,” concluded Paddy.