Bolt, the leading on-demand mobility platform in Africa, 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 center of the company whose operations in Africa cuts through seven countries including; Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, and Tunisia.
This forms part of the company’s continued growth and investment strategy in the region as it seeks to deepen its presence in Africa in a unified approach. 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 TO 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; the 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.
This means the company will continue to apply a more unified approach to operations and investments across the region. 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, and medium to large scale, by connecting them to a wide customer base. Bolt Food currently boasts of over 4500 active restaurant 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 contributing to the economic growth of Africa. Our commitment to providing 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.