The construction of Kenya’s envisaged technology city on the 5,000 acres of land about 56 km southeast of the capital Nairobi is on course to help beat the 2030 deadline, officials said on Wednesday.
John Tanui, CEO of Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) that is developing the smart city, said contractors are already on the ground to set up supportive infrastructure like office blocks, paved roads, power lines and water supply system.
“The implementation of phase one of Konza technology city that involves setting up physical infrastructure and amenities like clean water, sewerage and recreation facilities is underway and will be finalized soon,” said Tanui.
He spoke to reporters at the sidelines of the inaugural innovation summit organized by KoTDA and industry partners at the proposed site of the technology city to help showcase investment opportunities in the digital economy.
Tanui said China Jiangxi International is putting final touches on the main Konza office block that will also provide working space for innovators as well as conference services.
“We have a consortium of investors who are ready to set up research laboratories, data centers, residential flats, malls and recreation facilities at the proposed site of Konza technology city,” said Tanui.
“It is going to have all the components of a smart city and the quality of infrastructure will be above board,” he added.
Kenya’s proposed technology city that is part of the Vision 2030 project is expected to be a hub for research and innovations focusing on ICT entrepreneurship, energy, life sciences and agriculture.
David Mugambi, business development manager at KoTDA said the proposed technology city will help incubate innovative ideas and make them commercially viable.
“Our local innovators have brilliant ideas that often fail to reach incubation and commercial stages due to lack of supportive infrastructure. Konza technology city is the answer to financing, capacity and infrastructural bottlenecks hampering growth of start-ups in this country,” said Mugambi.
He said that Kenya’s pioneer smart city will reduce its carbon footprint by harnessing clean energy sources like solar and wind to support key operations like data trafficking and storage. Enditem