Konza groundbreaking this week
By Semaj Itosno, Nairobi, Kenya
Kenya’s march to technological bloom is finally taking shape with the ground breaking of its ambitious technology city, Konza, this week.
President Mwai Kibaki is expected to grace the groundbreaking ceremony of the sh850billion project as he prepares to leave office after a-10 year stint as president.
The project has been on the cards for more than 10 years.
Kenya hopes that the techno city that will sit on a 5,000 acre park in Machakos county, which is in the outskirts of Nairobi, will create more jobs and boost economy growth.
The government is also banking on Konza city to promote the country’s business processing and outsourcing and technology enabliong services for wealth and employment creation.
Konza City, 70km south-east of Nairobi, an ICT development hub will be connected to a rail network, to be built at a cost of around USD330 million and completed by 2017.
Already companies have bid for Master Delivery to support the development plans of the Government of Kenya and the Konza Technology Development Authority (KOTDA) through the implementation of Phase 1 of Konza Techno City.
The master planner will create a branding and marketing campaign, develop building parcel guidelines, negotiate land leases, conduct a project financial analysis and summary, and manage design and construction for public infrastructure.