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Old April 6th, 2010, 02:15 PM   #61
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Kenyan ICT park project to continue
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Development of the proposed 5,000 acre technology park in Athi River could start in the next five months.

Information Permanent Secretary Dr Bitange Ndemo said on Monday that environmental impact assessments were being carried out on the land in Machakos District and should be completed in two months.

“By August we should be able to see something on the ground. The consultants are doing environmental and social studies. By April 12, we will get the presentation on that and by May we will have the presentation on the model (of the park),” he told Capital Business.

The Sh76 billion park is envisaged to be an advanced, e-business, high-technology centre which will incorporate a 5,000-seat Business Process Outsourcing park, a science park and residential estate with amenities. In the initial plans of the project, five hotels were to be constructed around the convention center but the demand had now risen to 14 and social amenities such as schools, hospitals and universities.

Several foreign investors have already expressed interest in setting up these facilities which would propel the country as an ICT hub.

The project has however run into problems with accusations that some officials at the Information Ministry may have colluded to fleece farmers who sold land to the government for the park.

Dr Ndemo said contrary to reports, the purchase of the parcel of land was above board and the government has already paid one billion shillings for it.

The allegations came a day before he was due to meet senior officials of American ICT firm NetHope that plans to set up operations in Kenya. He warned politicians that they risk driving investors away if they continue to make unsubstantiated corruption allegations against some ministries.

“It hurts me that we can kill investments even where investment is coming by itself simply because there are local political differences,” he said.

The PS urged politicians not to interfere with such national projects as Kenyans would be the main losers if such projects are not implemented.

“Let them leave us alone so that we develop the country. I have no way of responding to politicians because I’m a technical person and I have no intention of looking for office,” he said adding that the Kenyan public would be the losers if the politicians continued to interfere with such projects.
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nice...I really like the design.Tanzania is also planning for a similar project.
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Old May 24th, 2010, 07:29 PM   #63
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I hope these are the same project
nice uganda are planning to build one similar in jinja .
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Old May 24th, 2010, 08:13 PM   #64
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1000 Acres is more of a small city than a techno park IMO.
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Old May 25th, 2010, 07:16 PM   #65
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1000 Acres is more of a small city than a techno park IMO.
really the buisness park at namanve kampala is 2960 acres its still underconstruction. i dont see 1000 acress as a small city.
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Old May 25th, 2010, 08:23 PM   #66
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really the buisness park at namanve kampala is 2960 acres its still underconstruction. i dont see 1000 acress as a small city.
they is difference the one in Kampala is industrial park while the one in Nairobi is science and technology park
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Old May 25th, 2010, 08:34 PM   #67
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I hope these are the same project
any link for this renders kisumu ndogo anyway i saw more info relating from this project http://www.unesco.org/science/psd/th..._sc_park.shtml
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Old May 25th, 2010, 08:35 PM   #68
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they is difference the one in Kampala is industrial park while the one in Nairobi is science and technology park
i see your point
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Old May 25th, 2010, 08:43 PM   #69
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i see your point
thanks, here is more information about it http://www.technopark.ae/media-files...-S-T-Kenya.pdf
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Old February 7th, 2011, 12:09 AM   #70
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What happened to this project people?
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Old February 7th, 2011, 12:44 AM   #71
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Old February 7th, 2011, 08:36 AM   #72
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Old February 7th, 2011, 12:25 PM   #73
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I don't think this is hot air. I watched a certain debate in parliament and this project was brought up and the land issue surrounding it. They have set aside some funds at least to put the basic infrastructure in place. I'm waiting to see how they will resolve the land dispute.

There are two government projects I can bet on taking place in the long run. This one and the Lamu port. Though of course Lamu takes top priority. This is a key vision 2030 flagship project.
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Old February 7th, 2011, 01:50 PM   #74
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Thanx kenguy. this project is part of my soul and I wish they only went through with it.....Its going to catapult the country's global image to new heights in terms of technological development.
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Old April 14th, 2011, 07:57 PM   #75
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Lots of hope in Makueni as techno city gets off the ground


Light may finally be showing at the end of the tunnel for Makueni county.

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One of Kenya’s most hostile and water-starved, the county is banking on a mega techonology project — the Malili techno city — to improve its fortunes.

The government has started building a perimeter wall around the 5,000-acre land meant for the project, triggering a rush for plots in its environs.

News about the Malili ICT centre first hit the headlines in 2009.

It takes the model of large technology and research parks around the world.

When construction is complete, it will have man-made lakes, parks, shopping malls, airstrips and railway lines, according to Information and Communications PS Bitange Ndemo.

Dr Ndemo says it is part of Kenya’s goal to grow IT contribution to GDP from three per cent currently to more than 10 per cent.

The government signed a contract with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the transactional advisors for the $10 billion project in October 2009.

The technology park will increase business process outsourcing resources in the country and employ more than 10,000 people.
Information technology export oriented businesses are also expected to benefit from the ICT park through tax incentives from the government, thus encouraging more investment in IT that would boost innovation.

The development comes as most companies embrace outsourcing, triggered by the need to cut costs and specialise in core businesses.

The initiative, which will be a private/public partnership, will lure big multinational IT investors into Kenya, who can use the hub to tap the regional market.

There are few outsourcing companies doing service export work at the nearby Export Processing Zones. On completion, the park will link and provide infrastructure support to small and medium enterprises, educational and research institutions.

In order to attract private participation, the government is offering concession on land to those willing to construct IT offices there and some tax incentives on utility services such as water and electricity.

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The water supply will be a godsend for the drought-ravaged county.

The project will also create employment for the locals and provide skill exchange to the employees. Some of the IT services that are expected in the proposed technology park are, software development, computer assembly and business processing outsourcing.
India and Mauritius and Egypt are some of the countries that have managed to attract multinational investors in IT by building technology parks.

Indeed, India is a world leader in technology today.

Egypt’s similar project, known Smart Village, hosts 120 companies and 20,000 professionals. Cairo expects to increase the tally to 500 companies and 100,000 professionals by 2012. Kenya’s project in Makueni involves massive infrastructure upgrade including the development of a high speed railway system.

With work at Malili being delayed by a controversy over the acquisition of the land, Dr Ndemo said there is a plan ‘B’ which involves securing some portion of the Sameer Business Park, on Mombasa Road.

“The Sameer Park will come in handy for companies with an eye for Malili in the near future”, says the PS.
Before the fencing project started, disputes between shareholders of the ranch which sold the land to the Government threatened to derail the project.

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But recent signals from the Government have rekindled hope and kicked off a rush for land within the centre.
First the Government has started fencing off the site.

Then machinery and workers started arriving at the site.

The government has enlisted the National Youth Service whose members are staying at a recently opened hotel near the ranch.

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The Government has also come in forcefully to control developments within the environs of the techno city.

Local Government PS Karega Mutahi on September 24, 2010 wrote to the town clerk of Mavoko; the Machakos county clerk and the Makueni county clerk warning them of the consequences of allowing unplanned structures near the ICT city.

“It has come to my attention that unplanned development is rapidly taking place in and around the environs of Malili ICT city, an activity that is undesirable”, the PS wrote.

In the letter copied to his Information and Communications, counterpart, Prof Mutahi reminded the council officers that the Government has committed itself to the scheme.

But the warning came a little late as brokers and unscrupulous land owners took advantage of the Government’s previous silence to sub-divide their plots into tiny pieces.

The result of these manoeuvres was the creation of iron-sheet structures serving as kiosks, hotels and shops just within site of the ICT project.

But the Government’s tough stance has finally ignited movements with prospective land buyers arriving in droves.

At the upcoming Malili trading centre the Kabester Hotel which was recently opened is a hive of activity.

Two firms — ELSI and Tazland — have established offices to cater for many prospective buyers.

Ms Liz Mulinge and Ms Nancy Mbithi Mwololo of ELSI said the value of land has shot up tremendously since 2008.

Today 7.8 acres bordering the highway goes for Sh8 million, up from Sh250,000 in 2008 while land that lies about 8km from the road sells for about Sh2.5 million.

Ms Mulinge said Europeans, Asians, Somalis, Chinese and Japanese firms are some of their big clients.

“We have big people in government who too joined in the scramble”, said Ms Mwololo and Ms Mulinge said that on average they serve 15 to 20 clients a day with more at weekends.

But they want the government to rein in rogue brokers who are fleecing unsuspecting land buyers.

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People are losing money to brokers with questionable backgrounds, they are spoiling the proposed ICT city and the Government should help arrest such fraudsters”, said Mr John Tarzan, a Tazlan director.

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Malili area is becoming a weekend get away for families thanks to the opening of the Kabester Hotel, one of many hotels set to complete the hospitality map of the region.

“The story about Malili and the ICT is good, it makes us feel proud as a country, the fact that it will be situated on the busy Nairobi-Mombasa highway makes the whole feeling great”, said Ms Jane Wanja who stopped over at the Kabester on her way to Nairobi from Mombasa.

And Mr Peter Kanyi owner of the hotel, added: “There is a rush for everything here, people are competing to put up structures — hotels, shops, you name it, in the next two years what will stand here will be a city within a city.’’

Prof Mutahi said there are plans to link Malili to the Nairobi-Mombasa railway line and also in the offing is a road cutting through Malili and connecting the Nairobi-Mombasa highway to Namanga Road.

But Prof Mutahi, in his letter to chief officers whose councils border the Malili ICT ranch, warned that the projects might not be possible with the unplanned development activity already seen.

“By-laws should be crafted in a way that they cover an approximate area of 10 kilometres buffer zone around the ICT city”, the PS said.
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Old May 27th, 2011, 09:44 PM   #77
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I wish they could have just called it Malili Technopolis,i don't fancy Konza.
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Old May 28th, 2011, 11:55 AM   #78
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I wish they could have just called it Malili Technopolis,i don't fancy Konza.
It doesn't sound too bad. Besides its the name of the area it's to be built in. Glad they didn't choose an English sounding name for it like most other projects.
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