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Old August 28th, 2019, 05:30 PM   #961
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That building looks great. Now let the Konza Tech Authority move in and concentrate and get down to getting work done. Those sub-divided plots look attractive. There's lots of money to be made here.
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Old August 28th, 2019, 05:32 PM   #962
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Honestly,Tanui should be given other roles to play and not heading KoTDA.If not so,then Uhuru should start visiting this place monthly for it to gather speed (He`s been doing monthly rounds at Kisumu port and Mama Ngina drive).
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Old August 28th, 2019, 06:56 PM   #963
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Honestly,Tanui should be given other roles to play and not heading KoTDA.If not so,then Uhuru should start visiting this place monthly for it to gather speed (He`s been doing monthly rounds at Kisumu port and Mama Ngina drive).
I second that bro. Out of sight out of mind. The president should visit it monthly. You have seen the effects of those visits on Lamu Port too. But again, that CEO should be shown the door and a more motivated one given the job.
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Old August 28th, 2019, 07:41 PM   #964
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Honestly,Tanui should be given other roles to play and not heading KoTDA.If not so,then Uhuru should start visiting this place monthly for it to gather speed (He`s been doing monthly rounds at Kisumu port and Mama Ngina drive).
They should have hired Madam Deya who was passionate and looked polished. Instead they took her round and finally replaced her with an incompetent dude..with the right name. Uhuru has never been interested in Konza, hence the under-funding. I don't even think he has ever been on site. All the "ground-breaking s" post Kibaki have been presided over by Ruto.
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Old August 28th, 2019, 08:24 PM   #965
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Last time i checked, Uhunye was in China winning some billions for a data centre that was to be stationed at Konza. The project must have died with the huduma number issues all together.
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Old August 29th, 2019, 04:59 PM   #966
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Very sad comments. If you have problems with the slowness of this project lay bare the blame from the top starting with President Uhuru. Don't bring unfortunate tribal regressive thinking here. No need of victimization of KoTDA officials. Tanui is not synonymous with DP Ruto or having another Chief executive with another surname wouldn't give this project rocket boosts. KoTDA just got its 40 billion funding in year 2018 for horizontal infrastructure. They are being built by the Italian firm. Even KoTDA HQ funding has been coming in tranches from subsequent budgets. Look at Mombasa waterfront project. It suddenly become a priority to state house and billions were allocated immediately. You see personal visitation of President Uhuru himself every month and various troops of officials every 2 weeks. Konza isnt a priority of State House, thats were the problem is.
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Old September 1st, 2019, 01:47 PM   #967
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I agree. Konza isn't a priority for this administration. I think the president has a conflict of interest with this project and Northlands
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Old September 16th, 2019, 12:05 AM   #968
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Part of Sense 8 was shot in Kenya and it has quite a number of "immoral" scenes. While movies like Rafiki have been banned in Kenya, just give it some time and you'll be surprised at how liberalized this country will be. Just listen to the music that is being allowed on national platforms. Listen to the open discussions of topics like marijuana. In fact, some of these producers and artists seem to be bribing government officials to ban their content so they can get more publicity.
Also, Uhuru is by far one of the most liberal presidents in Africa and I think the only thing that prevents him from directly supporting some of these things is the backlash from religious people. As you would notice, the government is kinda loosening their previously strict supervision on "morality." They're most likely avoiding opening the Pandora box of freedoms.
Blame it on Pornstache aka Mutua Ezekiel. In his ill advised attempt to curtail freedoms he has made Kenyan youth even more freedom conscious and taken rebellious ratchedness to a whole new level.
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Old September 30th, 2019, 09:19 AM   #969
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More bench-marking trips
https://www.businessdailyafrica.com/...evz/index.html

Ethiopia through the knowledge and skill transfer from Transsion might be at a better position to develop such a technopolis faster than Kenya if they act fast. They only need to court an Asian university and trigger an increase in interests from more manufacturers. I think Kenya should also entice a big electronics and gadgets manufacturer first then organically grow a city based on the demands of that company, not the other way round.
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Old September 30th, 2019, 02:52 PM   #970
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Ethiopia through the knowledge and skill transfer from Transsion might be at a better position to develop such a technopolis faster than Kenya if they act fast. They only need to court an Asian university and trigger an increase in interests from more manufacturers. I think Kenya should also entice a big electronics and gadgets manufacturer first then organically grow a city based on the demands of that company, not the other way round.
I used to think the same too, but once you look at the numbers, you realize Kenya is in the best position to build a city like this. Actually in SSA you'd be hard pressed to find more that 5 countries that can. Ethiopia's national budget is less than half of Kenya's despite having a similar size economy, same level of debt and over double the population. Furthermore, once you account for human capital differences, Ethiopia would more likely build a manufacturing based city like Shenzhen. It's important to note that Konza was designed to be more like Silicon Valley an innovation hub and not Shenzhen which is a manufacturing hub. If Ethiopia becomes a huge manufacturing hub in the next 30 years and lapsset is complet, it will be a huge advantage for Kenya if we already have a tech hub because companies will set up hq's in Konza develop products, manufacture in Ethiopia, then use Kenya's rail and shipping links to ship the product.
The Konza innovation city is a good concept for Kenya considering all the tech companies that have continental and regional hqs in Kenya. The project's implementation may be slow, but eventually it will pay dividends.
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Old September 30th, 2019, 10:07 PM   #971
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But the issue now is that Silicon Valley started as a manufacturing hub for companies like AMD, Nvidia, HP, Ampex and Intel before most American companies outsourced to China. Long before computers it was a manufacturing hub for the aviation, telegraph and radio industry. They had already developed a strong skilled scientific community that in turn created a foundation for software and internet companies. It's better to be prepared for a scenario where Ethiopia develops a strong skilled technical workforce because it might end up giving them an advantage in terms of competing for both manufacturing and operations side of companies.

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I used to think the same too, but once you look at the numbers, you realize Kenya is in the best position to build a city like this. Actually in SSA you'd be hard pressed to find more that 5 countries that can. Ethiopia's national budget is less than half of Kenya's despite having a similar size economy, same level of debt and over double the population. Furthermore, once you account for human capital differences, Ethiopia would more likely build a manufacturing based city like Shenzhen. It's important to note that Konza was designed to be more like Silicon Valley an innovation hub and not Shenzhen which is a manufacturing hub. If Ethiopia becomes a huge manufacturing hub in the next 30 years and lapsset is complet, it will be a huge advantage for Kenya if we already have a tech hub because companies will set up hq's in Konza develop products, manufacture in Ethiopia, then use Kenya's rail and shipping links to ship the product.
The Konza innovation city is a good concept for Kenya considering all the tech companies that have continental and regional hqs in Kenya. The project's implementation may be slow, but eventually it will pay dividends.
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Old October 1st, 2019, 03:55 AM   #972
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I used to think the same too, but once you look at the numbers, you realize Kenya is in the best position to build a city like this. Actually in SSA you'd be hard pressed to find more that 5 countries that can. Ethiopia's national budget is less than half of Kenya's despite having a similar size economy, same level of debt and over double the population. Furthermore, once you account for human capital differences, Ethiopia would more likely build a manufacturing based city like Shenzhen. It's important to note that Konza was designed to be more like Silicon Valley an innovation hub and not Shenzhen which is a manufacturing hub. If Ethiopia becomes a huge manufacturing hub in the next 30 years and lapsset is complet, it will be a huge advantage for Kenya if we already have a tech hub because companies will set up hq's in Konza develop products, manufacture in Ethiopia, then use Kenya's rail and shipping links to ship the product.
The Konza innovation city is a good concept for Kenya considering all the tech companies that have continental and regional hqs in Kenya. The project's implementation may be slow, but eventually it will pay dividends.
For a low income country like Kenya a Shenzhen type hub is what we should be aiming for manufacturing, design and software development all in one place. The idea that Konza will create jobs from just designing stuff is just a big no no.

Having regional and continental hqs doesnt matter if the majority of the population doesnt have jobs so again we should aim to manufacture stuff. I would actually prioritise the manufacture of stuff over designing it because manufacturing is where jobs are all at.

And if u look at Silicon Valley and SF today people literally cant afford homes cause all the money goes to tech billionaires. Yes we do need our indeginous instagram and whatsapp type companies but more importantly we neeed our Huawei and Lenovo type companies because they create actual jobs.

Instagram was sold to facebook for $1 billion while only having 13 employees compare that to electronics manufacturing companies even the ones manufacturing those TCL tvs that have become so popular in Kenya.

osebehk is right Silicon Valley started out as a manufacturing hub. But everyone forgets America is developed so it can focus on services and design of stuff. Kenya needs to follow the model until it becomes developed.
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Old October 1st, 2019, 06:04 AM   #973
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True, it will not be long before more African countries develop a substantially literate population which we have been dangling as our comparative advantage. Just look at their increased spending on infrastructure, education and power generation from our neighbors particularly Tz and Eth. Their threat to Kenya on competing for a cake of the tech industry cannot be overlooked. Also, let's not forget that the U.S is returning those manufacturing jobs back home, even those they had previously outsourced to locations as close as Mexico.

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For a low income country like Kenya a Shenzhen type hub is what we should be aiming for manufacturing, design and software development all in one place. The idea that Konza will create jobs from just designing stuff is just a big no no.

Having regional and continental hqs doesnt matter if the majority of the population doesnt have jobs so again we should aim to manufacture stuff. I would actually prioritise the manufacture of stuff over designing it because manufacturing is where jobs are all at.

And if u look at Silicon Valley and SF today people literally cant afford homes cause all the money goes to tech billionaires. Yes we do need our indeginous instagram and whatsapp type companies but more importantly we neeed our Huawei and Lenovo type companies because they create actual jobs.

Instagram was sold to facebook for $1 billion while only having 13 employees compare that to electronics manufacturing companies even the ones manufacturing those TCL tvs that have become so popular in Kenya.

osebehk is right Silicon Valley started out as a manufacturing hub. But everyone forgets America is developed so it can focus on services and design of stuff. Kenya needs to follow the model until it becomes developed.
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Old October 1st, 2019, 02:20 PM   #974
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Ministry Of ICT , CCK and Kenya ICT Authority should be the first institutions to relocate their HQ to Konza..so at to speed the build up of the enabling infrastructure and boost confidence in the Konza Concept. As long as they are still holed up in Nairobi CBD..it will be impossible to convince others to invest there.

Case in point Egypt...the ICT Ministry was the first to move into the Technopolis..
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