Konza development takes consultative approach

The Kenyan Government has launched a Consultative Forum to include local communities in the planning and development of the high-tech Konza City development.

This week, the Cabinet Secretary of Information Communication and Technology, Dr. Fred Matiang’I,  launched the Konza Consultative Forum at the Konza Techno City site.

The forum is aimed at involving the communities around Konza Techno City in the planning and development of the city. The Consultative Forum comprises the Governor of Machakos County, Dr. Alfred Mutua, Governor of Makueni County, Prof. Kibutha Kibwana and Governor of Kajiado County, Mr. Nkadaiye. The Government of Kenya is represented in the Forum by the Cabinet Secretary, Ms. Anne Waiguru of the Ministry of Devolution and Planning, the Permanent Secretary for Information Communication and Technology, Dr. Bitange Ndemo, and senior officials from The National Treasury, and the Ministry of Enterprise and Industrialization. Also in attendance will be County Ministers and County Commissioners. It is envisaged that this collaboration would promote improvement of the socio-economic welfare of the citizens in the Konza community and the country at large.

The Consultative forum will promote cooperation in planning and development of the 10km buffer zone and facilitate, strengthen and expand the required infrastructure within the framework of national and county laws, regulations and rules. It will also promote and facilitate investments in all business areas of the proposed Konza Techno City and its neighbourhood.

The Governors will be expected to prepare County Master Plans and prioritise infrastructure development to ensure harmony between Konza City and its neighbours. The Forum will take the lead in ensuring that the developments along the 10km buffer zone are in conformity with the Zoning Plan.

In addition, the Konza City Community Consultative Forum will work towards improving the Konza Techno City brand for marketing the city and attracting a wide variety of stakeholders including real estate developers, technology businesses, universities, hospitals and hotels.

On its part, the National Government will support the planning of the 10km buffer zone while the three neighbouring counties will be expected to abide with set physical planning standards in line with national and county laws and regulations. The Government will fast track the development of Konza City to ensure that it is completed within the scheduled period and encourage the contractors to source building materials and human resource locally where necessary.

So far the government has procured the 5000 Acres of green field land for the development of Konza Techno City; prepared and approved the Local Physical Development Plan (LPDP) for the City; prepared a detailed Phase 1 Implementation Plan and Business plan; prepared a detailed Master Plan to guide implementation of the subsequent 5 years of Phase 1 and; established Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KOTDA) to implement the project.

The Konza Technocity Project is a flagship project of the Kenya Vision 2030, modelled on a smart city concept, which aims at positioning Kenya as a regional hub in Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES) in Africa.

The establishment of the city is expected to prompt massive trade and investment from multinational and local companies that will provide employment opportunities and facilitate technological transfer and when fully operational, create over 200,000 jobs.

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