Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA), launched its inaugural Annual Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report. The report highlighted the sustainability achievements of the Smart City. This report comes at a time when 88 percent of Phase One for the Konza project is complete.
Currently, private investors and government entities are setting up businesses in the Technopolis.
Firstly, the report provided key aspects on the project. The smart city facilities development is now at 55 percent. Up to now, new investors have taken up over 80 percent of Phase One.
Secondly, the Kenya Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)’s , that recently received funding from the government of Kenya of Ksh 5.7 billion is at 17.58% completion. Additionally, the Konza Conference Facility is at 59 percent completion.
Speaking during the launch of the report, John Paul Okwiri, Ag. CEO of KoTDA said: “In today’s session with investors and partners, we took time to provide key highlights that we have made in the financial year and highlighted some upcoming projects in Technopolis in the new financial year”
He was speaking at the Annual Investors and Partners Breakfast on Tuesday 20th of June.
KoTDA is the agency mandated to implement the Konza Technopolis project. The report comes at a time when the Ministry of ICT has called for public comments on the Technopolis Bill 2023.
Technology Integration to Enhance Sustainability
Indeed, KoTDA is committed to sustainable development from the lenses of Economic, Social, and environmental conservation and preservation.
In line with National greening objectives, the agency has set up a tree nursery with 600,000 seedlings. The nursey is scalable to 10 million trees for the greening ambition of the Technopolis, the buffer zone area and identified strategic areas such as water towers.
“As a smart city, we embed sustainability in our key projects. The launch of this report shows our commitment to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and our investors will be able to benefit from this report,” :stated Mr. Okwiri.
Thereafter, technology will be used deliver the first smart tree nursery. Technology integration will further help in the effective management and monitoring of the nursery.
Additionally, the Technopolis seeks to locate smart agricultural farms in the Agri parcels to promote urban farming technologies for food security. Lastky, this will enable wildlife preservation at Technopolis’s 1000-acre wildlife corridor.