The construction of a multibillion modern environment friendly science and technology city has begun in Kenya.The Konza techno city which will be Africa’s silicon savanna is approximately 60 kilometers south of Nairobi on 5,000 acres of land. It is expected to grow into a community of over 200,000 supporting the development of the BPO/ITES, life sciences, telecom, and education industries.
Previously, critics have question the ability of Kenya to set out on the ambitious plan, resulting from delays since the commission of the project in 2008. Lead architect engineer sternly kibathi says the project has been going on in many aspects with architectural designs and other ground work like electricity installations, water and other amenities complete.
“When people ask you what we have been doing, tell them that we went down first” said Kibathi
Konza Technology City Development Authority (KoTDA) expects the project to open up many opportunities for Africa.
“Konza will be beneficial to African business, we expect it to raise and be a model of innovation for the region” CEO Eng. John Tanui
The Vision 2030 flag ship project for Kenya is expected to complete by November 18th 2018.
Kenya is prone to traffic jams and delays, to save the city from traffic inconveniences, additional dual carriage way is under construction from Nairobi to the facility. A modern railway (SGR) is establishing a substation on the facility as well.
KoTDA is offering 24 parcels of land to investors for development.
“We have received interest from investors who want to invest in konza, we are in the final stages of formulating a policy to guide the process, from early next year.” Said Tanui.
Kenya’s national development plan, Vision 2030, includes a target to transform Konza to a bustling world class destination for tech, business, education and research.