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Old May 17th, 2006, 05:36 PM   #1
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This is to be modelled on technology parks such as Smart Village in Egypt.

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The Government has donated 1,000 acres of land on which a technology park will be built. This puts Kenya ahead of its East African peers in having such a facility, which is expected to attract investments and enhance the country’s Information Communication and Technology (ICT) sub-sector.

“Technology park” is a term used to describe a variety of efforts to stimulate the development of entrepreneurial, knowledge-based small and medium-sized enterprises within a particular zone. The park is usually linked to educational or research institutions and provides infrastructure and support services for businesses, mainly office space. It also performs technology transfer and economic development functions.

All core functions and support services take place in very close vicinity, making the technology park a mini-city of sorts. The term technology park has over 10 synonyms, with the most common being science park, research park and technopole.

Apart from donating land, located at Athi River, Kitengela area, the Government will put up the necessary infrastructure like water, electricity and roads as a first step in luring investors. But Mr Gikonyo Gitonga of CB Richard Ellis warns that it will have to do more to attract quality business enterprises.

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“Due to competition, the techno-park must have quality residential areas, entertainment spots, shopping malls, sport facilities like a golf course, among others, to make it an attractive place to work,” says Mr Gitonga.

He says the park must ensure people will not only set up businesses there, but also live in the neighbourhood as is the case in other countries. Information and Communication minister Mutahi Kagwe says the area will be equipped with modern technology to rival some of Africa’s best.

Countries that have embraced the concept with success include South Africa, Egypt and Mauritius. They boast parks that host companies dealing in services ranging from biotechnology, ICT and electronics to health care. South Africa, the continent’s economic powerhouse, is the most advanced in the sector, with five technology parks.

The ministry wants to target businesses that deal in outsourcing, which has grown into a billion-dollar business world-wide. Outsourcing is where an organisation transfers its non-core but critical business operations to an external enterprise. Many multinationals in the West are outsourcing some of their services to companies in developing countries to cut on production costs.

The three factors that companies look for before outsourcing operations are cost and quality of labour, ease of communication and stability. Mr Kagwe says Kenya has most of these qualities. “What we need to work on at the moment is improve our telecommunication sector to make it more attractive.”

Fibre optic cable

Mr Kagwe and his Permanent Secretary, Dr Bitange Ndemo, announced that Kenya will go it alone in constructing an underground fibre optic cable to link the country to the rest of the world. According to the two, the Eastern Africa Submarine System (EASSy) – a Sh15 billion project involving 13 countries – whose aim is to link Africa to the rest of the world, has taken too long.

Dr Ndemo says many companies from Europe and Asia have expressed interest in investing in the country, but are holding back due to the poor communication infrastructure. “If the underground cable reaches the coastal waters it will open more avenues in ICT and that is why we are pushing for it,” he says.

The lack of neither intra-Africa nor direct access to international fibre networks has made East Africa solely dependent on satellites. Export Processing Zones Authority (EPZA) chief executive officer Albert Gumo, who is also involved in the project, encouraged local investors to take advantage of the opportunity.

Mr Gumo says the project is being developed a stone’s throw away from the EPZ to enable investors enjoy incentives offered to companies operating in the zones. “Some of the benefits to be enjoyed are exemptions from various taxes and quick processing of work permits for foreign employees,” he says.

Mr Gumo said the EPZA had signed an agreement with the Kenya Power and Lighting for uninterrupted power supply even in times of shortage.

In the meantime, the Government, seeking to boost Internet access, is to waive licence fees for Internet service providers who invest in rural areas.

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A breakfast meeting was held today to discuss plans for a multi-media technology park to be located in Athi River / Kitengela area. This is one of the key milestones in the ICT policy, which was approved by the Cabinet, but is yet to be passed by Parliament.

The multi media park is to be modelled along the likes of Egypt’s Smart Village and Ebene in Mauritius.

Microsoft has already signed up to be the first tenant of the park and has offered to assist in its design.


The first park may be hosted by the Export Processing Zone Authority on their 1,000 acres in Athi River. In addition to tax benefits, the zone already offers various benefits including, cheap rents, easily obtainable immigration permits for companies (guaranteed for general manger, technical manager, financial manager and 2 directors), connected with fibre optic cable, and guaranteed electricity supply from KPLC.

Athi River/Kitengela is close to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and over 20,000 new housing units are being built in the area. Some major problems facing the area are water shortages and traffic congestion. But the traffic problems could be alleviated by the (soon) construction of dual carriageway road from Machakos to Nairobi and removal of the mlolongo weighbridge to a location further down Mombasa road.
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Wow, this is great for Kenya! I hope it works out for them.
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Yep great news.

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KENYA is set to become the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to elevate the information, communication and technology sector (ICT) to Export Promotion Zone (EPZ) status in a bid to attract investors.

Information and Communication minister Mr. Raphael Tuju said the government would implement new regulations to speed up the licensing and registration of investors in the sector.

“We acknowledge the importance of ICT in national development and it’s on this reason that we are creating an enabling environment to boost private participation in the sector. As we all know the government lacks the capacity to spearhead the drive and we can only facilitate the process,” Mr. Tuju said at the opening of an ICT seminar.

He said ICT Parks would enjoy incentives provided to firms in the EPZ like tax holidays, duty free importation of raw materials and inputs and fast registration of business. He added that apart from increasing national access to technology, ICT parks would also create employment to thousands of educated Kenyans languishing in poverty.

Tuju’s statement comes on the backdrop of threats by computer assembling firms to close shop and move to neighbouring countries after finance minister David Mwiraria slapped a 2.5% duty on locally assembled goods.

One of the leading computer assembling and marketing firms, Mecer Africa of South Africa, recently closed its assembly plant in the EPZ in Athi River, citing high taxes.
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I hope these are the same project
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land purchase set the stage for construction of Athi River ICT Park

Workers at a business process outsourcing centre. A BPO park is among facilities that the government intends to put up at the Athi River ICT park.April 2, 2009: Construction of a multi-billion shilling information technology park is set to start in July.

The government has appointed a lead transaction adviser and set aside 5,000 acres of land in Athi River for the project, which is expected to employ 10,000 people.

The venture had delayed because of the government’s inability to get land at a reasonable price.

“Some of the quotes were asking for as high as Sh500,000 per acre, while some wanted to sell rocky land to the government,” said a senior Ministry of Information official who declined to be named.

Eventually, the State secured land from Malili Ranches at Sh200,000 per acre.

However, the government is yet to make the Sh1 billion payment to former owners of the land since the project was not budgeted for in this financial year. The government allocated Sh900 million to the project.

The park is expected to house companies undertaking business process outsourcing (BPO) services, software development, and computer assembly.
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Anybody with the latest concerning these project, I heared that the Goverment wants to Initiate a mobile technology centres|Mobile Technology Busses (Sic -Idea). Why dont they just build small office centres within regional or district level that is more permanent inorder to avoid -Typical Kenyan excusses as lack of Petrol or breakdowns of those buses when it comes to service disruptions.
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update

Government plans for a business park in Machakos have been thrown into doubt by a row over payment for the ranch meant for its construction.

The owners of Malili Ranch, which the government bought for Sh1 billion, are demanding Sh600 million while Gateway, a consultancy firm, is claiming Sh65 million.

Subsequently, the ranch owners will have to wait a little longer for the final payments for the land following the legal tussle that has forced the government to shelve further payments.

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The government identified the 5,000 acres at a cost of Sh1 billion and entered into contract with the ranch in June. The company has since been paid Sh400 million.

But Gateway is claiming Sh65 million as a fee for allegedly facilitating the sale of the land, having already been paid Sh40 million.

The claim has, however, been dismissed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communication, Dr Bitange Ndemo, who says the government entered into a deal with Malili Ranch through their law firm, Eric Mutua and Advocates, and that the deal was reached after a tendering process.

Dr Ndemo said the government did not sign any agreement with Gateway Consultants.

“We dealt with Malili ranch owners through their advocates and I don’t understand how Gateway comes in,” said Dr Ndemo.

“The biggest challenge for us now is whom to pay the balance.”

But he added that his ministry was consulting with the Attorney -General’s office to ensure the ranch owners do not lose out.

Until the legal tussle is determined the government cannot pay the balance, which means the shareholders may not get their full payments soon.

The project is critical to the government in that some of the facilities it intends to put up such as the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and the science park have been identified in its Vision 2030 that promotes creation of employment and wealth.

It has lined up a business process outsourcing park, a science park, convention centre, shopping mall, hotels, international schools and health facilities.

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has been appointed the lead advisor for the project and among its mandates is to identify a master builder for the project who will come up with a virtual plan.

he ministry, however, assured that the project will not be delayed by the tussle and that it was up to the two parties involved in the wrangle to sort out the issue. Security of tenure on land is normally a factor that investors putting up such facilities take into account.

The government expects to start contacting the contractors early next year and a feasibility study and virtual model to be ready by April.

Eric Mutua and Company Advocates says the firm has already paid Gateway Consultants Sh40 million and that the firm has no basis for claiming any commission from the sale of the land.

“I drew the cheque under instructions from one of the directors (now deceased), so legally there is no basis for the claims, ” said a partner at the law firm, Mr Eric Mutua.

He said he had a contract showing Gateway had entered into an agreement with his clients to look for a buyer and Gateway was to be paid a commission of Sh21, 000 per acre for any piece of land bought.

But he could not say whether or not the deal was done before the government issued the tender or after and what role the firm may have played.

The government has secured 5,000 acres of the land and paid Sh400 million out of the total Sh1 billion.

Theft charge

Gateway is claiming Sh65 million as part of its commission from the sale.

Last week, two of the ranch directors were arrested and charged with theft in a Nairobi court.

They were granted bail until January 29 when the case will be heard.

Efforts to reach advocates representing Gateway for comments failed as the advocate handling the matter was said to be in a meeting.


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State insists BPO plan will go ahead despite cash row

The government says it will forge ahead with plans to build an information and technology park in Machakos despite an ongoing dispute between owners of the land on which the ICT park is to be located.

The dispute arose when a consultancy firm called Gateway allegedly demanded a payment of Sh286 million as commission fees for facilitating the sale of land between the government and the land owners of Malili Ranch.

Treasury had already disbursed Sh400 million as partial payment for the 5,000 acres of land, but has suspend processing payment of the Sh600 million purchase cost balance pending settlement of the dispute.



The government intends to put up facilities to support Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) ventures and a science park that are key to achieving the Vision 2030 master development plan that promotes creation of employment and wealth.

Other projects lined up include a convention centre, shopping mall, hotels, international schools and health facilities.

One group of land owners has opposed the commission fees claims by Gateway saying the firm did not render any services to warrant the payment.

The group opposed to the payments claims that those supporting disbursement of the commission fees are seeking to benefit through their links to the consultancy firm.

Information permanent secretary Bitange Ndemo said in an interview the government will continue with the project despite the wrangles but will not pay the balance until the two groups sort their differences.

“We already have the title deed for the land and have received 19 interested international firms as master builders” said Dr Ndemo.

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has been appointed the lead advisor for the project and among its mandates is to identify a master builder for the project who will come up with a virtual plan.

However, Malili Ranch’s lawyer Eric Mutua, says the reason why the government has not paid the balance is because they have not finished the transfer of the title and once that is done the government will make payment.

“To complete the transaction we have to transfer the original title which in this case is Malili’s name to the government which is yet to be done” said Mr Mutua.

The wrangles between the two groups means that the individual land owners will have to wait longer before they get full payment for their land.

The government entered into a deal with the Malili land owners through a law firm- Eric Mutua and Advocates which some land owners have also disowned.

It is through this law firm that the government remitted the Sh400 million part-payment.

The two groups each have different directors and have held separate annual general meetings.

On December 8 one group through a paid up advertisement said that some politicians want to use Gateway to deny the land owners of their rightful payment.

“Malili Ranch will not allow itself to be used as arena to raise money for some individuals towards 2012 political campaigns” read part of the statement.



“At the same time we state that we have lost confidence with the company secretary Mr Eric Mutua of Eric Mutua and Co Advocates”

According to this group, each member was to get Sh1.4 million for every 7.8 acres of land earmarked for the ICT project and paying the Sh286 million means that the members will get a lesser amount.

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In a new twist its rival group led by the acting chairman David Ndolo, also through a paid up advertisement dated December 11 said that they recognise Mr Eric Mutua Advocates as the lawyer for the Malili Ranch.

“All the directors confirm that they recognise the company of Eric Mutua Advocates of M/S e.k Mutua and Co Advocates as the lawyer for Malili Ranch Limited in the sale of 5,000 acres to the government and in any other matter”

Mr Ndolo said the change in the directorship came after the initial office holders were suspected of having misused the first disbursement, adding that although they are still directors they don’t hold any executive posts.

Mr Mutua on the other hand said the advert placed on December 11 was signed by six directors including some who had placed the advert on 8 disowning him and says the issues were sorted out.

The government identified the land and entered into contract with the ranch owners in June.

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Digital villages for all districts by 2012, says minister

In two years time, Kenyans will no longer have to visit government offices to get application forms for major documents including birth certificates, passports and driving licenses, Information and Communications minister Samuel Poghisio has said.

“We will do everything possible to ensure that by 2012, every district will have a digital village, and all that people will have to do is to download such forms from the internet,” he said when he launched Kikuyu Constituency website and newsletter at Kikuyu town last week.

The minister urged Kenyans to embrace information and communication technology and use communications tools, including mobile phones, responsibly.

The media should also be responsible, he said, adding that the government was “disturbed” by content broadcast by some FM radio stations.
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“If you embrace ICT, you have everything. But we should build our culture and not destroy it,” he said.

Local MP, Lewis Nguyai, who is the Local Government assistant minister, asked his constituents to use the website and newsletter and demand good governance.

“You must demand accountability of Constituency Development Funds. Scrutinise and give me feedback,” he said.
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Going by the number of tenders I see being advertised for computerising government ministries, I think it will be possible to get all important documents online in the not too distant future. Things are definitely changing. We can say goodbye to those scruffy offices and TKK when that happens.
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Introducing Malili Technopolis. Malili Technopolis will be a new city in Kenya with facilities to support Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) ventures and a science park, a convention centre, shopping mall, hotels, international schools and health facilities. Malili is located about 60 km southeast of Nairobi. Similar cities already exist in Malaysia (PutraJaya), Panama (Pacifico), the Philippines (Subic-Clark) and China (Shenzhen).

In the same technology sector, but on a completely different scale, another very interesting project has just been launched: iHub: Nairobi's Tech Innovation Hub. iHub is an open space for technologists, investors, tech companies (and hackers, sic) in the Nairobi area. It is a tech community facility with a focus on young entrepreneurs, web and mobile phone programmers and designers. It is part open community workspace (co-working), part investor and VC hub and part incubator. Unlike Malili Technopolis, I really believe in this project: it is simple, realistic, and addresses a real need. And yes, iHub may be small, but at least it has enormous potential to create real impact. iHub will open on March 3rd, 2010 and there's currently a design contest going on for the best logo for iHub.

What do you think of these two very different, almost contrasting, projects?
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The details you have provided are so scant to be able to make concise contribution, i.e like the exact project location, the project partners, website and project status. All the same I think a project of the scale of Shanghai and Beijing(Models) may be overly ambitious but certainly welcome.
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this is what Kenya as a country n Africa needs as they firge their way foward.
"Ambition is a 'means' to an end" remember we can alter the altitudes of reality by changing the altitudes of our minds.........
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malili range is the technology park the government is undertaking its in mavoko the 1000 hectares which is expected to be launched in april this year. but they is a case of it in the court arising from the land dispute at the moment
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malili range is the technology park the government is undertaking its in mavoko the 1000 hectares which is expected to be launched in april this year. but they is a case of it in the court arising from the land dispute at the moment
So this was the technology park that the Govt had envisaged, Thanx DB for the clarification. Mavoko is one of my favorite satellite towns, the land is endlessly flat and proximity to Nairobi is another added advantage(Infrastrucure, labour and Market). I can't wait to sample the projects rendering largesse'. Another good thing the CyberOptics are already here.
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