NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
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.
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.
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.
business development manager at KoTDA said the proposed
technology city will help incubate innovative ideas and make
them commercially viable.
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.
inaugural innovation summit to showcase ICT investments
MACHAKOS (Xinhua) --
Kenya on Wednesday convened the inaugural
innovation summit in Konza Technology City to showcase
investment opportunities in the digital economy that is expected
to be a key enabler for the attainment of the government’s
socio-economic transformation blueprint.
attended the high-level innovation conference organized by the
Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology of Kenya,
Chinese multinational Huawei Technologies, Kenya’s mobile phone
service provider Safaricom and Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB).
principal secretary of the ICT ministry said Kenya is on course
to become a knowledge economy hub thanks to conducive policies
that have encouraged growth of technology-based start-ups.
“We have created a
vibrant innovation ecosystem that is at the core of our growth
narrative,” said Ochieng, adding that a partnership with the
private sector will help tackle financing hiccups that undermine
growth of local start-ups.
summit that was held at the site of the proposed Kenya’s premier
technology city located 56 km southeast of the capital Nairobi,
was attended by policymakers, industry executives, researchers
and budding innovators.
Development Authority (KoTDA) that is developing the city on
5,000 acres of land hosted the innovation summit as part of
awareness creation on the opportunities in the nascent digital
The innovation forum
will be followed by a science, technology, engineering and
mathematics (STEM) boot camp for young innovators aged 7 to 15
years to boost their understanding of dynamics in the knowledge
John Tanui, CEO of
KoTDA, said over 30 youngsters from counties neighboring the
proposed site of Kenya’s technology city will participate in the
two-day boot camp that will focus on enhancing their knowledge
of robotics and programming.
“Our goal is to
groom the next generation of innovators to accelerate digital
transformation in the country,” said Tanui.
He said that
academic institutions will play a key role in efforts to create
a robust innovation ecosystem in Kenya.