Ride-hailing service provider Bolt has opened its Africa Head Office in Nairobi to serve as a regional hub for its operations in the continent. It will provide an opportunity for the company to run its operations in a more cohesive way across the region.
The office, which is in Riverside Drive, Nairobi, Kenya, will act as the regional control centre of the company which operates in seven African countries including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa and Tunisia.
Speaking during the official opening of the office, Bolt Regional Director and Interim VP for Rides, Paddy Partridge said: “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.”
The office will now host the Bolt’s top 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.
The company said it will still maintain its local offices in each of these markets to coordinate its operations in a more personalized manner.
Bolt, currently, has over 500 employees managing its operations, growth, and excellence in the region. It has more than 400,000 drivers in more than 70 cities in Africa. The firm also operates food delivery services in Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa.
Early this year, it received $709 million to expand into new regions and attract more users and partners to its app platform.