Kenya receives $666 million from China to build data centre and highway

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The President’s office said Kenya has secured 67.5 billion shillings ($666 million) in funding from China to build a data centre in a tech city currently under construction and a highway in Nairobi.

Over the past few years, Kenya has turned to China for funds, technology and equipment to develop its infrastructure, including its biggest project since independence, a new railway linking Mombasa to Nairobi, which opened in 2017.

The new funding will consist of loans at low interest rates and partnerships with private firms. The tech city will be built in Konza, about an hour’s drive from Nairobi.

According to the statement from President Uhuru Kenyatta’s office, Huawei, a Chinese telecoms firm will develop the Konza project at a cost of 17.5 billion shillings. It was issued from Beijing, where Kenyatta is attending the second Belt and Road Forum.

The remaining 50 billion shillings will go to build a highway in the capital linking the main airport with the suburbs, to be carried out by China Road and Bridge Corporation at a cost of 51 billion shillings.

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