Kenya to build Sh596bn Konza ICT City

Artist’s impression of the proposed ICT Park at Konza

The Parliamentary Accounts Committee has endorsed the Kenyan government’s proposal to build a technology park at Konza area of Eastern Province.

The centre, to be known as Konza Technology City, will be built on a 64 square-mile stretch covering about 5,000 acres of land. It is intended to be one of the major ICT sites in the country.

According to the Nairobi Metropolitan Permanent Secretary Mr Philip Sika, the project master plan will be launched in March.

Mr Sika said Konza will have a more modern plan that will take into consideration possible expansions in future.

The project was proposed last year as one of the key drivers of the achievement of Vision 2030. The government has already allocated Sh1 billion for the initial stages of the Sh595.8 billion project.

A feasibility study has already been conducted and according to Information permanent secretary Dr Bitange Ndemo, Konza will be the most strategic place for the project.

Kenya will use the construction to woo organisers of the GSMA annual conference to be hosted in Kenya in 2018.

“We are doing everything to ensure that we’ve put up all facilities for that conference to be held here (Konza),” Dr Ndemo said.

The annual ICT conference is usually hosted in one city for five consecutive years before moving to another and requires massive investment in accommodation facilities as well as communication and transport infrastructure to cater for over 60,000 delegates who attend.

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