(CP-Africa) – Google recently launched an online classifieds service, Google Trader, in Ghana. Prior to this, Google Trader was launched in Uganda. Google Trader is a service where users can buy and sell their products and services online.Ghanaians can send in ads via mobile phones as well as via the web.
According to Google Ghana’s Country Manager, Ms. Estelle Akofio-Sowah, “Google trader, which is tagged as Ghana’s marketplace for products and services, is meant to provide Ghanaian businesses a bigger platform to display their products and services.”
The service seems to be catching on quickly with traders in Accra as some have already listed items from livestock to stationery. “I’m actually surprised this is for free and I can just do it with a touch of the button on my cell phone,” said Kofi Baah, a secondhand clothing seller at the Makola Market – the largest shopping centre in Ghana.
“This is incredible. You mean I can really advertise my coconut selling business on the net?” Stephen Agyapong, a coconut seller at Osu queried after he was handed a handout explaining how the service works. ”I’ll give it a try definitely,” he promised.
The service is expected to gain traction among Ghana’s market traders in big cities and urban centers. To ensure that Trader is readibly accessible to users across Ghana, Google has partnered with AIRTEL and TIGO to offer a FREE SMS option. Users can subscribe by texting START to 6007 on any Airtel or Tigo phone to start using the service.
The service features a wide range of product and service categories from building materials to cellular phones. To start using Google Trader (Ghana), visit the service online here.
Google recently launched a catchy ad for the service’s launch in Ghana! Watch below: