Kenya to establish the science and innovation centered university at Konza Technopolis

THE GOVERNMENT OF KENYA & THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH KOREA KICK OFF ESTABLISHMENT OF A GRADUATE UNIVERSITY AT KONZA TECHNOPOLIS

Kenya to establish the science and innovation centered university at Konza Technopolis

13.02.2019… The Government of Kenya, through the Ministry of Education is in partnership with the Republic of South Korea to establish a graduate only university at Konza Technopolis.

The Ministry of Education has since appointed a consortium of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Architects & Engineering Co. Ltd. and SUNJIN Engineering & Architecture CO. Ltd to undertake the architectural design and curriculum design for the University.

The institute, Kenya Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (Kenya- KAIST) to be established at Konza Technopolis, is modeled after the Korean Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (Korea- KAIST) whose design model is a research focused university that fosters elite human resources in science and technology needed by the nation.

The Kenya-KAIST institute was conceived to benchmark the development experience that the Republic of South Korea had. Leveraging on skilled graduates from Korea-KAIST, the Republic of South Korea made the most of the potentials of science and technology for its remarkable growth, becoming the only country in the world to transform from a recipient to a donor country of international aid.

“The adoption of the Korea-KAIST model is deliberate. We want to build a nurturing environment for graduate students not only in Kenya but also in East Africa, that will see an innovative growth, rallied by science, in the region. A highly-educated nation is paramount to its economic, social and political success, it is therefore our hope that this new venture will be embraced by the people of Kenya,” said Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) Chairman Reuben Mutiso.

Korea- KAIST has shown its capacity to innovate and spin off successful ventures such as Samsung and LG. In 2014 Korea- KAIST was ranked third place in the Times Higher Education’s “100 Under 50” ranking of the world’s best universities, less than half a century old. In June 2017, Reuters named it “Asia Pacific’s Most Innovative University” for the second year running.

Setting up Kenya -KAIST is purposed to provide high-quality education in Science and Technology in order to generate high-skilled engineers and scientists with both theory and practical knowledge, and to conduct socially relevant research and development (R&D), to improve national competitiveness and transform Kenya into an industrializing middle-income country as envisioned in Kenya Vision 2030 agenda.

“The making of well-trained graduates in Science and Technology will contribute to the growth of a knowledge based economy and sustainable growth with innovation. Kenya-KASIT will be constructed within the Phase one (1) A section at Konza which lies on 400 acres of land. We are proud of this partnership with the Government of Kenya and Korea-KAIST as it holds promise to boost Kenya’s growth,” said Korea-KAIST President Dr. Sung-Chul Shin.

Speaking during the kick-off ceremony Jerome Ochieng, PS ICT said, “A number of reports have ranked Kenya second after South Africa in terms of innovation. This is good progress, however, there is a growing concern about Kenya’s poor track record on the transfer of technology from the university to the industry and the commercialization of academic research, said CS Jerome.

As a country, we rank poorly in the number of registered patents and very few universities have commercial spin-offs that they can identify with. This can be largely attributed to lack of strong Technology Transfer Offices that are to naturally focus on building strong collaboration between the industry and universities

Eng John Tanui KoTDA CEO and Dr Sung-Chul Shin Korea-KAIST
Eng John Tanui KoTDA CEO and Dr Sung-Chul Shin Korea-KAIST

 

“There is a gap in the demand for and supply of high skilled engineers in Kenya. The country has also seen a brain drain where its skilled technical personnel have left for “Greener pastures” abroad. There is also need to upgrade skills to meet both traditional and emerging areas of industrial and technical development, Kenya-KAIST development is therefore a good boost for Kenya,” said Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) CEO Engineer John Tanui.

The University will have three faculties whose core programme will include; Mechanical Electrical and ICT engineering, Chemical Civil and Agriculture; engineering/biotechnology and Basic science education such as math’s and physics.

The Ministry of Education appointed Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) to support the implementation of the Project.


Konza takes off with Kes.39 billion-infrastructure project commencement

August 7 2018…The Kes.39 billion Konza Technopolis Phase 1 infrastructure project has officially commenced following the approval of the financing by the government of Kenya.

The government and UniCredit SpA of Italy signed a financing agreement on June 2017 to fund Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) horizontal infrastructure through Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Financing (EPCF) model to be carried out by the Impresa Construzioni Maltauro Group (ICM), one of Italy’s top players in the construction sector.

The horizontal infrastructure, to be completed by 2021 will involve the first 170-hectare phase of the project, with the urban development works to accommodate the initial building necessary to stimulate the subsequent phases of development, including the design and construction of Phase 1 roads, parks, subservices, water treatment plants, sewage treatment plants, an automatic waste collection system, and a few public buildings such as the police station and fire department.

Speaking during the commencement of works ceremony Alberto LiberatoriCEO of the ICM Group,said: “Work is beginning on this important contract awarded to the ICM Group in Kenya. This project recognizes our expertise and confirms the value of the geographic diversification strategy in which the group has invested in recent years. We are proud to have played our part in insuring and facilitating this ambitious project, which has required solid, effective collaboration among all the parties involved,"

On his part Alessandro Decio, CEO of SACE said  "With our support, an Italian top contractor like ICM not only furthers its growth through international projection but also contributes to the socio-economic development of one of Africa's most promising country with a projects that is advanced and of an the international level and definitely ground-breaking for Africa.”

Joe Mucheru, Cabinet Secretary ICT said that with the commencement of the infrastructure works, Konza is on the right path to position Kenya as knowledge based economy and a preferred Science Technology and innovation destination. This commencement puts Konza Technopolis on a take off status.

The Technopolis will accommodate over 200,000 residents, with the construction of residential and housing, offices, schools, an efficient, clean transport system, built to high standards of energy savings and sustainability, excellent architectural solutions, and advanced technologies. The smart city will also be an advanced technological hub with the construction of R&D centers and universities to serve the development of hi-tech projects.

EPCF is a contractual model where the successful bidder provides engineering design services, procures all major materials and equipment, serves as the general contractor, and does so under a financed arrangement.The Project is broken down into three (3) distinct categories (Lots). A description of each Lot is given below:

Lot 1:The Lot comprises design, procurement, and construction and, financing of Phase 1 streetscapes, grading, drainage facilities, water distribution and treatment, sewage collection and treatment and, landscaping of streets and parks.Lot 2: comprises a complete electrical system including phase 1 electrical power lines, substations, transformers and other accessories.Lot 3: Includes the design, procurement, construction & financing of the following public facilities among them 2500 m2 Solid Waste Handling Facility, 4400 m2 Police and Fire Station, Entrance and Security Feature and 3000 m2 Transit Hub

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Konza Technopolis to have 2,000 m3 water daily from Nol-Turesh Water Company

Investors at Konza Technopolis  will access clean water whose supply has been guaranteed by a water company.

This follows an agreement signed between Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) and Nol-Turesh Water and Sanitation Company on January 22, 2016 to supply the techno Technopolis  with 2000 m3 per daily to meet the 1000m3 required for the implementation of Phase 1A advertised for investors to take up. Currently, Konza is served by 1,200m3 per day from the boreholes sunk in the techno city.

“The Nol-Turesh water will complement five boreholes that have been drilled on site with a combined yield of 1200 m3/day that will provide water especially for construction of Phase 1A and potentially for the early years of Phase 1,” Eng. John Tanui, CEO KoTDA said.

Approximately 6,000m3 of water in a day will be required to support Phase 1 of the techno city. The water system is to be built concurrently with the wastewater collection, treatment and disposal infrastructure. Procurement for consultancy services for the design of the waste water treatment and disposal facilities is already underway.

“We have a capacity of 13,000m3 per day, as such the Konza Technopolis  needs will be met. We shall look for ways of supplying clean water in a smart way to the city,” said Samuel Oruma, CEO Tanathi Water Company.

The implementation of Phase 1 is already underway. The Master Plan of this Phase begun on a 400-acre piece of land and is expected to attract 30,000 residents, 7,500 knowledge based workers supported by 16,700 other workers. On full development, Konza City is anticipated to accommodate a population of 230,000 people during the day and about 180,000 people at night.

Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) has invited investors to take up space in the first phase of the Konza Techno City. The expression of interest expires end month.

“We call up on investors to grab this huge opportunity to be part of the success story of Konza City that will offer them huge opportunities. I wish to remind those who have not reached to us with their expressions of interest to do so within the next ten days,” Eng. Tanui noted. The initial development dubbed “phase 1” has been sub-divided into various parcels of land.

The KoTDA CEO assured investors that the government was working round the clock to deliver the most conducive business environment at Konza City.

“We are finalizing on the key infrastructure such as power, broadband, access roads, rail services, water and sewerage that will all be ready within a couple of weeks. In addition, we will have a dedicated police post to ensure security for all those living, working or doing business at Konza City,” Eng. Tanui said.


Construction of the first building at Konza Technopolis now underway

The construction of the first building in Konza Technopolis has begun. The 8-storey building with two basement floors will host the techno city operations and house its early investors and innovators, the second phase of the building will have a hotel and a conference facility.

The Kshs 3 billion facilities to be built in phases will see the first phase costing Ksh. 1.9 Billion consisting of office block completed in 114 weeks. The Technopolis is now fully serviced with access roads, water and electricity, with sufficient capacity and reliability to support the construction and early stage of the project.

Speaking during a tour of the facility the Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) CEO Eng. John Tanui, said that they are in consultations with government on the implementation of cities basic facilities including wastewater and streetscapes for the 400-acre phase that will be implemented through an engineering, procurement and finance model (EPCF).

“We are happy to report that the current building is funded by the government. We are pleased with the support from the government in ensuring that the key infrastructure required for Konza takeoff have been implemented and others progressing well such as external Roads, power substation and water dam to supply water for the city in the long term,” said Eng. Tanui

He added that the authority is in the process of procuring a contractor who will come with finance for the construction of Streetscape and Sub-surface utilities, wastewater treatment and recycling facility, bulk water treatment, booster station and storage, Fibre optic reticulation, power/Electrical Distribution and substation as well as Solid waste management.

The move will pave way for direct involvement of the private sector in development of the technopolis from January next year with the Konza Technopolis Authority (KOTDA) expected to finalize the land allocation policy by the end of this year.

KOTDA which floated requests for expressions of interest for the initial 24 pieces of land available for investment under phase 1A of the project in December last year has so far received over 60 bids. Eng. Tanui says the authority is in the process of evaluating the expressions of interest and expects to finalize the process by early next year.

Support infrastructure for the Technopolis has already been put in place with completion of a 132 KV power substation in May this year and the supply of over 2,000 cubic meters per day of water to sustain on-site construction. The technopolis will also benefit from the dualing of the 20KM Athi River-Machakos Junction road launched by President Kenyatta during Mashujaa day.

“The extension of the dual carriage road between Athi River and the Machakos Junction will ease congestion along the main highway that feeds into Konza enabling easy access to both Nairobi and the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport cutting travel time significantly,” Eng. Tanui said.

The total investment on Konza City Phase 1 on 400 acres both by private sector and the government is estimated at over Ksh. 600 billion of which the government will invest about 10% in the development of core infrastructure to facilitate investment by the private sector. So far the government has invested Ksh. 3 billion in the Konza he added.

KOTDA will use the building for among others hosting incubation centers in partnership with leading universities.

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Government to fast-track Konza Technopolis

ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru on January,12,2016  announced that the government will fast-track plans to set up the Konza techno city.

Addressing the press at the KOTDA offices, the CS said that having reviewed the requirements set out in KOTDA’s medium term objective, he is convinced that they are attainable.

He said the ICT Ministry shall engage other relevant government agencies to ensure that the required funds are available as well as any other support that the Authority may need to take the project to the next level.

“My ministry will support KOTDA to actualize key projects that are currently scheduled, particularly the Authority’s current plans to attract key investors in the initial phase of the Techno city,” said Mucheru.

The CS and his two Principal Secretaries Victor Kyalo (in charge of ICT and Innovation) and Sammy Itemere (in charge of broadcasting) visited the Authority to check the progress of the project where he revealed his commitment to support the national development agenda through the use of Information Technology.

“The ICT ministry has played an important role in building of the country’s economy and job creation. The country is relying on the ICT sector and indeed Konza City will play a critical role in building a knowledge-based economy that will shift the current industrial development path towards innovation – where creation, adoption, adaptation and use of knowledge will drive economic growth,” said Mucheru.

The ICT Cabinet Secretary used the opportunity to outline his Ministry’s plans to improve the sector and support the Authority.

Konza City has begun the first round of taking up investors for the multi-billion shillings project, following the advertisement of the Expressions of Interest for investors to take up space at Konza Techno city.

Konza aims to attract Research, Education and Commercial partners in Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES), Life Sciences and Engineering fields. Experts are of the opinion that increased innovation will drive the growth in patenting as well as production of relevant skilled workforce needed for Country’s industrialization. Konza City seeks to attract investors and build programs aimed at commercializing the products of research.

Phase 1A of Konza City will see 60 acres of land curved out of the larger 5,000 acres set aside for the development of Konza city. The 60 acres will be leased out to investors for the development of low and higher density buildings that accommodate both commercial and residential premises.


Konza to house regional innovation testing lab

Kenya will soon have a specialized regional lab for testing and validating viable products from incubation and innovation hubs. This will be under the Konza Technopolis Development Authority whose ground breaking is set for next month.

KoTDA Chief Executive Officer Eng. John Tanui says this is part of plans by the authority to drive Kenya’s efforts of becoming a knowledge based economy. “We are in the process of developing the Konza Regional Innovation Hub that will be home to innovative solutions for communications, business, and health, education and smart cities” said Eng.Tanui

He says the center will prepare products from incubation hubs and innovation for market launches as well as offer them support till the innovations endure the market forces.

Speaking during a public lecture at the University of Nairobi held on February 24, 2016 on the role of universities in building an innovation ecosystem, the KoTDA CEO called on employers to develop mechanisms that support students to develop business acumen at an early stage and begin to influence their research areas.

He urged employers to provide opportunities for young professionals to develop diverse professional networks through interactions with different groups, workshops or conferences. Eng. Tanui was optimistic of a huge impact to be created by Konza Techno city which is often referred to as Kenya’s Silicon Savanah. He explained: “I believe that the solutions from the Konza ecosystem will help address global challenges, creating a foundation for Kenya’s startups and SMEs to grow into multinationals.”

Konza City has three subject clusters of focus, namely ICT, life sciences and engineering which are expected to drive the country’s efforts to become a knowledge based economy. The KoTDA CEO said universities were a critical catalyst in advancing Kenya’s innovation efforts due to their wealth of mind capital and ability to generate as well as attract the best talent. He added: “Let us all embrace this very key partnership and help spur our country to greater economic power.”

On his part, University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi noted that knowledge is replacing other resources as the key driver to development, adding that technical education has increasingly become the basis of individual prosperity. He reiterated the University of Nairobi’s commitment to meeting the needs of the industry by churning our graduates who have the necessary employable skills.

 

The don called on all stakeholders to work closely to realize the country’s dream to prosper. “To remain globally competitive as a country, the industry and the academia must work closely to produce innovative solutions that are scalable to solve the challenges that we face,” said Prof. Mbithi.

The forum held at the University of Nairobi’s Taifa Hall attracted among others former Information Permanent Secretary Prof. Bitange Ndemo who is an Associate Professor, School of Business at the institution as well as Safaricom’s Strategy and Innovation Director Joe Ogutu, lecturers, students and other stakeholders.


Konza Technopolis now powered and ready for investors

Power has been connected to Konza Technopolis  paving the way for businesses to start investing in the mega project. This follows the completion of 132KV substation in Konza to supply the Techo City with high voltage power taped from the Juja-Rabai line.

The new substation has the capacity to supply Konza Technopolis  with 50MW of power which is equivalent to Eldoret Town’s current consumption. With this, the Government is now confident that the basic infrastructure needed for the successful development of the first phase of the technology hub has been established.

Speaking during an inspection tour at the Konza Technopolis  grounds on Monday, 16th May 2016ICT and Innovation Principal Secretary Eng. Victor Kyalo assured investors that the government is doing all in its capacity to ensure that Konza Technopolis  has the best amenities and infrastructure to support businesses that would be based at the techno city

“Already, an initial KETRACO medium voltage power line has been installed on site to ensure that the electricity needs for investors are addressed on site. We are on cause to full filing our mandate which is to provide serviced land at Konza for investors,” said Eng. Victor Kyalo

To cater for the future needs and guarantee electricity supply, Konza Technopolis  will also be supplied via a back-up 132kV line from Machakos Sub-station, located 12 kilometers away. Further, the techno city will become part of the 400KV Nairobi Metropolitan Ring that will encircle Nairobi and outlying towns. These would be backed by supplies from sub-stations in Gilgil, Suswa, Isinya, Konza City, Nairobi East (Komarock) and Thika. On an inner 220kV ring will comprise substations like Kimuka (Ngong), Nairobi North (Ndederu), Dandora, Embakasi and Athi River.

“With power supplied from the Eastern Hyros and Mombasa Thermals via the Juja-Rabai line, Isinya sub-station (geothermal power from Ol Karia), Konza Technopolis  will probably be home to Kenya’s most reliable power supply. For investors wishing to invest in data centers that should be good news,” said Eng. Dr. John Mativo- KETRACO Chief Manager in charge of Planning and Development.

Kyalo encouraged investors to invest in the project that is expected to position Kenya as an ICT hub in Africa.

“The success of this noble and timely initiative will largely depend on Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and thus the government is keen on addressing all the concerns of would-be investors. Initially, power supply was a concern, but as you can see, we now have three separate power lines,” explained the PS.

To facilitate construction works on site, KoTDA has partnered with Tanathi Water Services Board to supplement the existing seven boreholes that had been sunk earlier. The partnership will provide additional 2,000 cubic meters of water to Konza Technopolis .

“We still have long term plans to supply the city with additional water from Thwake dam, but for a start we are ready to sufficiently support all the construction works on site,” said Eng. John Tanui, CEO KoTDA.

The world-class technology hub has already tapped into the National Optic Fibre Backbone Infrastructure (NOFBI), which will see the techno city connected with three separate high speed internet infrastructure. On completion, the Technopolis  which is lying between the abundant submarine cable bandwidth and Nairobi city will be connected by several backbone fibre optic cables, making it one of the most connected tech hub in Africa.

The Technopolis , located to the East of Nairobi, is designed to be Africa's Silicon Savannah, targeted to contribute Sh100 billion (approximately two per cent) to the Kenya's Gross Domestic Product (GDP), once phase one is operational.

The land will be leased out to investors for the development of low and higher density buildings to accommodate schools as well as commercial and residential premises.

Konza Technopolis  is a national flagship project under Vision 2030, Kenya’s economic development blueprint that seeks to catapult the country to middle income status by the year 2030. The government seeks to make it a magnet for investors, while hosting more than 230,000 residents and workers.


Mucheru appoints Konza Technopolis board members

 

Information Communication and Technology Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru has appointed board members to the Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA).

The five new board members comprise of Heron Gekonge Nyakundi (building economist), Victoria Jepkemoi Chepseba (lawyer),Eng. Kaburu Mwirichia (Management and Energy Systems) Mbithe Muema (Investment banker) and Caroline Wangui Kariuki

The new KoTDA Board will be chaired by Architect Ruben Mutiso who was reappointed earlier in the year by the President.

The appointment comes at a time when the techno city is ready for takeoff following progress on the horizontal infrastructure development and huge investor interest from the expression of interest advertised earlier in the year.

“We have taken time to ensure that KoTDA gets a well constituted board with regards to expertize. I am confident that the new team will steer the authority in the path of success and the project will soon fully take off,” said the ICT Cabinet Secretary.

Mucheru further lauded the move by Authority to adopt Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Finance model which is already on cause for the development of horizontal infrastructure.

“With the adoption of the Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Finance model (EPCF) which is on cause for the development of the horizontal infrastructure, the new board and management will now focus on bringing investors on board “he added

The techno city, located to the East of Nairobi and designed to be Africa's Silicon Savannah, targets to contribute approximately two percent to the Kenya's Gross Domestic Product (GDP), once phase one is operational.

The land will be leased out to investors for the development of low and higher density buildings to accommodate schools as well as commercial and residential premises. Konza Techno City is a national flagship project under Vision 2030, Kenya’s economic development blueprint that seeks to catapult the country to middle income status by the year 2030. The government seeks to make it a magnet for investors, while hosting more than 230,000 residents and workers.


WHY KENYA NEEDS KONZA TECHNOPOLIS

By Dr. Reuben Mutiso

Following the completion of the vertical infrastructure at Konza Technopolis , the Konza Technopolis Development Authority has advertised for investors to express interest in to invest in the city, there has been vigorous discussion about the need for Konza Technopolis  to Kenya and the Kenyan people. The dialogue should be encouraged. I believe that Konza Technopolis  is critical to the future of the country - Kenya needs Konza to compete regionally and globally and help us become a middle-income country by 2030.

Konza is envisioned as a sustainable, world-class technology hub and a major economic driver for the nation, with a vibrant mix of businesses, workers, residents, and urban amenities. Just in the first phase, which encompasses about 400 acres of the entire 5,000 acre site, we have has asked investors to formal express have planned  for a mixed-use community which will include commercial, residential, retail, public amenities, and a hotel, that could provide 17,000 jobs and housing for 30,000 residents. By 2020, Phase 1 is anticipated to add over KES 90bn to Kenya’s gross domestic product, and or approximately 2% of the country’s GDP.  When fully built out, we project that Konza will be a thriving city with superb amenities and world-class infrastructure supporting nearly 200,000 jobs and over 260,000 residents.

Konza will attract businesses small and large, national and international. It will support and educate new and existing tech entrepreneurs. While Nairobi will remain the hub of innovation and creativity, Konza, with its reliable and redundant infrastructure and connectivity, will foster a technology ecosystem that will bring together a diverse population to provide solutions to our local problems and hopefully, to global challenges. For example, innovative technologies created by research labs and businesses in Konza can offer support to sectors that already play a key role in Kenya’s economy, such as Agriculture, Tourism, and Manufacturing. Innovative technologies could be developed here that support Kenyan farmers, for example, helping to reduce crop waste and introduce new and efficient processes to increase farming revenues.

No doubt there are challenges to developing and sustaining new cities and technology hubs outside of central business districts. Thoughtful planning and intensive collaboration between business, government, and educational institutions are critical to implementation. There are many thriving technology hubs of different sizes and scales that have catalyzed economic development and are precedents for Konza.   Konza must emulate successful projects from around the world - for example, Research Triangle Park in North Carolina, USA, where political and civic leaders along with heads of educational institutions came together to plan and implement a 7,000-acre research and technology park in the 1950s, which now employs nearly 40,000 people, or Internet City in Dubai that has attracted 4,500 companies, and employs 20,000 workers.

A large concentration of private sector tech companies, universities, and research facilities will encourage new investment of venture capital and nurture an incubator for innovation leading to increased creativity and risk taking by entrepreneurs. With the synergy of universities collaborating with technology companies, Kenya will be able to produce tech graduates with the skills the world’s top companies demand. The presence of institutions of higher education at Konza will ensure the optimal transference of ideas and guarantee the emergence of a valuable workforce.

Our vision for Konza is to create a sustainable ecosystem where development can occur without leaving a negative footprint on the environment. The master plan calls for a truly mixed-use, high density and sustainable community. Energy saving and green construction methods will be employed; water will be recycled and treated on-site. A solar farm will also be installed to reduce Konza’s pressure on the national electric grid. The city will become a model of how adopting green practices and technology can minimize energy consumption and reduce carbon emissions.

While the benefits of Konza are clear, the journey will experience challenges. The Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) is ready to address these challenges with the help of the Kenyan government and private partners, to guarantee that Konza propels the country to middle income status, and the innovations developed at Konza City transform the region and the world. We are excited to note the progress that has seen us among them the inclusion of Konza as one of the priority areas whose progress will be monitored closely by the State watchdog unit to make sure it delivers on its benefits.

For a Kshs. 940 billion project, Konza Techno City is obviously capital-intensive.  It is truly the embodiment of a large scale public-private partnership project that represents a strategic opportunity to spur the growth of economic activities in Kenya with a high economic rate of return.

An attractive range of infrastructure investment opportunities lies therein in categories of Academia and Life Sciences; BPO/ITES; Construction; Energy; Financial Services; Healthcare; Hospitality; Utilities; Manufacturing; Real Estate; Sports and Telecom.

To create investor confidence and private sector uptake, Konza Technopolis Development Authority is keen to unlock financial instruments like infrastructure bonds, Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), loans, venture capitalists, diaspora funding to drive investment of the Techno City.

In the pipeline, in collaboration with the Public-Private Partnership Unit is a plan to establish a new legal framework enabling a structured, methodical and staged development of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) financing model for Techno city’s development.

Creation of an enabling environment will serve as a catalytic opportunity for American companies to increase economic partnerships and investment in Africa, specifically cater to the Africa market while being in Africa, as opposed to accessing the African market while in Europe or the Middle East.

We are on the right track towards the realization of this grand dream. The benefits of building Konza far outweigh the risks and challenges, real or imagined. I have no doubt in my mind that Kenya needs Konza now.

Dr.Reuben Mutiso Chairman of the Konza Technopolis Development Authority.


Private schools commit to invest in Konza city

Nairobi, October 29, 2015…Plans to have educational institutions set up at the Konza Techno City have received a major boost after top officials of the Kenya Private schools Association and the International Schools Association committed to invest there.

During a meeting between Konza Technopolis Development Authority and the Kenya Private schools Association as well as the International Schools Association, the institutions devoted to work together to establish exceptional academic institutions at Konza City.

“We need to team up as the private investors in the education sector to build smart institutions in Konza. Kenya lacks proper institutions that nature talent, a researcher center by private schools will tap into the talent that will boost Kenya’s economy “ Said Rosemary Muita,Top Talent Academy Nairobi.

Konza City intends to provide a conducive environment where learning is delivered in an exciting way while connecting it with industry demands. The schools will leverage on technology to build educators who are well grounded with both theoretical and practical knowledge.

“We are working with stakeholders to ensure that the educational needs of students inform the planning and development of the school’s infrastructure at Konza City. It will also enable the new facility design and the organization of education services to better meet contemporary education needs,” said John Tanui, CEO KoTDA.

Kenya private school Association pledged to mobilize its member to setup smart institutions in Konza City

“We are convinced that the eight smart schools in Konza will be setup. We are determined to mobilize our members to either invest individually, through a company or through the association and we believe it is possible, we are going to invest in Konza” Said Peter Ndoro, CEO Kenya Private Schools Association

Konza aims to attract Research, Education and Commercial partners in Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES), Life Sciences and Engineering. Increased innovation will lead to an increase in patenting, increased quality will produce relevant skilled workforce for industries.The City will attract investors and build programs aimed at commercializing the products of research.

The meeting between KoTDA and Kenya Private schools Association as well as the International Schools Association, comes about three weeks after KoTDA presented 24 parcels of land to the private sector, with an aim of attracting investors interested in taking up long term investment in Konza City.

Phase 1 A of Konza City will see 60 acres of land curved out of the larger 5000 acres set aside for the development of Konza city. The 60 acres will be leased out to investors for the development of low and higher density buildings that accommodate both commercial and residential premises.