Wednesday, August 8, 2012

HR & A Advisors to manage Konza City

New York-based HR & A Advisors has clinched a deal to manage and develop Konza Technopolis for $10 billion (approx. Sh168 million).
The firm was selected from six strong bidders that include AECOM International Development of Finland, Swedish Sweco International, Dohwa Consulting Engineers from Korea, and New York-based SHoP Architects.
The International Finance Corporation in partnership with the World Bank undertook the tendering process, and communicated the verdict to the government last Friday.  
Speaking on Tuesday at an investors’ conference, Information and Communication P.S Dr Bitange Ndemo said that the firm would commence work in October this year and the project shall be run under a city regulatory body, the Konza City Development Authority.
The authority will be mandated to regulate the development of the city in line with vision 2030.
The announcement came a day after the government had reported its intention of putting up a Sh16 billion dam to supply Konza Technology City with water.
Hundreds of foreign firms have shown interest in the project with China’s Shanghai Corporation for Foreign Economic & Technological Cooperation (SFECO) ready to put up roads among other social amenities.
The Government has also affirmed that Konza would be connected to Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by construction of a dual carriage road.

Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka officially opened the Konza Techno City Investors’ Conference at the KICC on Tuesday. The conference will take place from the 7th to the 9th August.

Image Credit: 3D Images - Konza  

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