Konza City Development Authority to Partner with KEPSA in Development of the Tecnopolis



Konza City

The government has been keen to see the Konza City project take off. The Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KOTDA), a body mandated to ensure the completion of the project has already been championing some of the key milestones.  In March 2016, KOTDA announced  the construction of building set to cost Kshs. 1.2 Billion that will host KOTDA offices as well as commercial and residential buildings. The government has in the mean time been inviting bidders for  expression of interest for the construction of schools, roads with the city recently connected to electricity. Other interesting developments include the recent appointment of board members for the authority who included  Heron Gekonge Nyakundi (building economist), Victoria Jepkemoi Chepseba (lawyer),Eng. Kaburu Mwirichia (Management and Energy Systems) Mbithe Muema (Investment banker) and Caroline Wangui Kariuki.

In expediting its mandate, KOTDA has been looking to establish partnerships with various organizations. During the State visit by South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye in Kenya, an MOU was signed to allow for the construction of a Kshs. 10 Billion University by the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). KOTDA has now announced a new partnership with KEPSA that will promote adherence to safety, health and commercially sound construction standards at the Konza Techno City. Additionally, both parties will set up a committee that will hold quarterly meetings to discuss the opportunities available for KEPSA members at the tech hub. A key takeout was the announcement that the draft Konza techno polis Bill has been reviewed by the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of ICT and is now at the Attorney General’s office. The purpose of the bill is to support the construction at Konza City.

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