It is dubbed as the African Silicon Valley/ Silicon Savannah, Konza Technology City is a BPO project that is being marketed by the Kenyan government through Kenya ICT Board. The park is set to host business process outsourcing (BPO) ventures, a science park, a convention centre, shopping malls, hotels, international schools, and health facilities.
The project was allowed by the Parliament Account Committee and endorsed the Kenyan Government to carry on with the it.The city will be located in Konza, Machakos county formerly Machakos District, in Eastern Province. It will be built in 5000 acres of land 64km south of Nairobi.
The project is estimated to cost Kshs 1.2trillion(approx US$14.5b). The project is marketed as key driver of Kenya Vision 2030. Kenya has shortlisted six firms for planning and management of the Konza Technology City’s infrastructure phase in what is shaping up to be a battle between European and American companies.
The six companies, whose names will be made public in the next two weeks, are among 22 firms that expressed interest in the tender.The Business Daily could only obtain five names in the shortlist from sources involved in the procurement process.
They are AECOM International Development of Finland, Swedish Sweco International, Dohwa Consulting Engineers from Korea and HR & A Advisors and SHoP Architects, both based in New York.
Paul Kukubo, the chief executive officer of the Kenya ICT Board, had said in an interview that the names could not be made public since they are yet to be presented before an inter-ministerial committee that oversees the project on behalf of the government.
“The short list has been completed and we received positive responses from companies across different continents which shows that firms are eager to take up the project,” said Mr Kukubo.
“But the names of the firms will only be made public after they have been presented to the Inter Ministerial Committee.”
He said the winner’s core work will be to come up with a detailed business plan and a partnership document of how the interested investors and the government will relate.
The winning firm will sign a contract for five years with the government and is expected to come up with the plan in the first six months and thereafter attract and manage the development at the site for four-and-a- half years. The complete technopolis is expected to cost Sh800 billion. The project’s development will be over 20 years.