Kenya: Konza Smart City set For Launch on Monday

The Cabinet Secretary for Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) Mr Joe Mucheru and ICT Principal Secretary Victor Kyalo will on Monday morning, December 19, 2016 unveil Konza City’s Phase one 5-year strategy aimed at ensuring the project is fully operational by 2021.

Konza City Masterplan is based on successful ‘new town projects’ around the world – put together by an international team of experts. Under the Phase one plan, Part of 1st Section of ICT Park, Residential and some amenities would be constructed at an estimated US$ 3.6billion.

It is a strategic opportunity for Kenya to spur the growth of economic activities that fuel higher value employment generation and growth. The vision for the city includes a strong emphasis on Information Technology and Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES); and a wide range of commercial and support activities.

Also to be present during the event will be Konza Technology Development Authority (KOTDA) Chairman Dr Arch Reuben Mutiso and CEO Eng John Tanui.

The road-map is part of a larger government ICT strategy that has already commissioned the digital literacy programme, the constituency digital innovation hubs, the completion of the National Optic Fibre Backbone Infrastructure (NOFBI), the digital migration and the Presidential Digital Talent Programme.

The breakfast event will be held at the Inter-Continental Hotel, Nairobi.

The City would be sited on a greenfield area extending 2,011.9 hectares (ha), the equivalent of about 5000 acres. It was bought by the Ministry of Information and Communications on behalf of the government of Kenya. Therefore, it is under Public Ownership with Title LR No. 9918/ 13.

The City will be developed in four phases over 20 years at a roughly estimated cost of US$ 7 billion . This will enable rapid growth whilst ensuring that the civic amenities and infrastructure grow with the population’s needs.

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