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Old April 2nd, 2012, 11:39 AM   #121
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Kenya has shortlisted six firms for planning and management of the Sh10 billion 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. The construction of the technopolis is based on a model where the government offers land, legal backing and architectural plans to investors to build business process outsourcing (BPO) ventures, a science park, shopping malls, hotels, international schools and health facilities.

The 22 firms mainly from Europe, Asia and Africa included BioRegional Development Group, Capita Symonds, Crowie Holdings, Feedback Infrastructure Services, and GIBB Africa.

Others were IDOM, Jones Lang LaSalle MENA, Limitless LLC, Lloyd Masika, Mentor Management, and Millenium Development, PKF Kenya, Sasaki Associates, Seven Degrees North Ltd, Shapira & Hellerman Planners (Halufa Group), Voyants Solutions Private, WS Atkins International.

The winning firm will be answerable to a public site development authority, the Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KTDA), which is also in the process of being established by the government to oversee the planning, infrastructure development and land allocation on the site.

Due to the scale and complexity of the project, the KTDA requires complementary support in development planning and management services.
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Contractor for the infrastructure at Konza Technocity to be known next week

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Old August 5th, 2012, 04:04 PM   #123
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1st Konza Techno City Investors Conference

Date: , 7 -9th August 2012
Venue: Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Nairobi, Kenya
Theme: Creating investment opportunities to enable Kenya to become a middle-income country by the year 2030

This conference aims to bring together 500 local and international investors to discuss financing models for Konza Techno City, best practice cases, amongst
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Sh800bn Konza technology project to get AfDB help
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The African Development Bank (AfDB) will help the Kenyan Government scour for international investors to inject money into the Sh800 billion Konza technology park.

Speaking at an international conference on Leadership and Wealth Creation in Mombasa, the bank’s group president, Dr Donald Kaberuka, said the project will unlock thousands of jobs in the country.

“We are interested in working with the Kenyan Government to get foreign direct investors on the Konza project. We are also engaging central bank governors in Africa, alongside finance ministries, to put in place mechanisms for a bond initiative for the continent,” Dr Kaberuka said.

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New York-based HR & A Advisors has won a hotly contested contract to manage and develop Konza technopolis for about Sh168 million.


The International Finance Corporation (IFC), which together with the World Bank carried out the tendering, communicated the verdict to the government last Friday, Information and Communication PS Bitange Ndemo told the Business Daily.

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Fast train plan for Konza city

Kenya Railways is planning to build another modern railway link with the country’s first techno city of Konza in Athi River.Konza city’s requirement for freight and passenger movement will be factored in the high speed capacity standard gauge railway line that the government is building from Mombasa, Kisumu to Malaba.

If all goes according to plan, the project will come complete with an underground station with a freight and container terminal. The construction of the project will start this year and cost up to $330 million. The Konza plan includes deploying a fast train attaining up to 180Km/hr and link directly with the city centre and the Jomo Kenyatta airport.

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Old August 21st, 2012, 09:33 PM   #127
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This is great news and hope this gets built on time
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Old August 22nd, 2012, 02:27 AM   #128
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Fast train plan for Konza city

Kenya Railways is planning to build another modern railway link with the country’s first techno city of Konza in Athi River.Konza city’s requirement for freight and passenger movement will be factored in the high speed capacity standard gauge railway line that the government is building from Mombasa, Kisumu to Malaba.

If all goes according to plan, the project will come complete with an underground station with a freight and container terminal. The construction of the project will start this year and cost up to $330 million. The Konza plan includes deploying a fast train attaining up to 180Km/hr and link directly with the city centre and the Jomo Kenyatta airport.

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so does that mean a subway???

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so does that mean a subway???

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No. It means there will be an underground train station but the tracks will run above ground.
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Old August 23rd, 2012, 09:42 PM   #130
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No. It means there will be an underground train station but the tracks will run above ground.
An underground station but the tracks are above ground? So how will people get on the train if the tracks don't go underground?
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Old August 23rd, 2012, 09:58 PM   #131
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An underground station but the tracks are above ground? So how will people get on the train if the tracks don't go underground?

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An underground station but the tracks are above ground? So how will people get on the train if the tracks don't go underground?
"A subway is a train system which is located entirely underground."

The key word is entirely. Now go back to your questioning post and see if you can make it out now.Oh and if you have been to a mall or a storied building you may have seen some of these:- Escalators, Elavators, Lifts???
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Maybe he meant there is going to be an underground train station (with tracks running underground) at one of the points but the rest of the track will be overground.
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Old August 24th, 2012, 12:02 AM   #134
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"A subway is a train system which is located entirely underground."

The key word is entirely. Now go back to your questioning post and see if you can make it out now.Oh and if you have been to a mall or a storied building you may have seen some of these:- Escalators, Elavators, Lifts???
Not necessarily, at least where I lived before some subway stops were elevated (majority being underground though) so I wouldn't use the word entirely.
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Old August 24th, 2012, 12:12 AM   #135
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C'Mon People........

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sub·way   /ˈsʌbˌweɪ/ Show Spelled[suhb-wey] Show IPA
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1. Also called, especially British , tube, underground. an underground electric railroad, usually in a large city.
2. Chiefly British . a short tunnel or underground passageway for pedestrians, automobiles, etc.; underpass.

What is a subway?
subway: an electric railway operating below the surface of the ground (usually in a city); an underground tunnel or passage enabling pedestrians to cross a road or railway
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LOL! Glad I made your day, but I was asking an honest question.
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Maybe he meant there is going to be an underground train station (with tracks running underground) at one of the points but the rest of the track will be overground.
That makes alot more sense! thnx
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Old September 2nd, 2012, 07:29 PM   #138
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Kick-starting Konza, Kenya’s ‘silicon savannah’
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Konza, Kenya’s $7bn techopolis, has taken a significant step forward with the appointment of HR&A Advisors as initial developers for six months.

The US consultancy beat competition from Finland, Korea and Sweden to start work on the 5,000-acre project between Nairobi and Mombassa, which Kenya wants to be a tech cluster to rival that of Mauritius’ Cyber City, and even Silicon Valley. But after holdups, can the project get back on track?

The 5,000-acre site which lies between Nairobi and Mombassa will, it is hoped, eventually be a cluster of technology companies, thousands of residential homes, shopping malls, a small stadium, a central business district and even a university. Kenya wants a “master developer,” who will plan and build the facilities, then lease these on to investors.

HR&A have been appointed to get things moving before the master developer is found. The Konza project, which Kenya calls its “Silicon Savannah” is in four five-year phases and expected to be completed in 2030. Phase one is the construction of an IT business park, residential and hospitality facilities as well as a science park.

Bitange Ndemo, press secretary for the Ministry of Information and Communications says though Kenya focused on local investors, he was surprised at the interest of foreign investors. “If I go by percentage it is mostly China. The Swedish also want a much closer relationship with our science park; Brazil never miss [an opportunity]; they are wanting to do a number of things with us. Korea and India of course were there, and South Africa wants to set up here.”

The appointment of HR&A has a political edge, as one person close to the Konza project commented. Kenyan president Mwai Kibaki’s second five-year term ends in January 2013, and to show that the tech city is part of his legacy progress on Konza needs to be made.

But it has been slow to start. Construction at Konza was scheduled for the end of August, but that won’t happen as consultations with neighbouring communities continue. Environmental permissions also need to be finalised; cooperation between government departments has been grindlingly slow.

Nevertheless, the infrastructure plans to link Konza with other centres is going ahead. A high-speed rail link will be built connecting Konza to Nairobi airport; a dam worth $190m for irrigation and electricity generation has been funded by the African Development Bank, which should be ready in 2013. A 60km motorway to connect Konza with Nairobi airport has been funded by the World Bank.

Konza isn’t the only big development in Kenya – as well as Chinese help with the railway network, property services group Knight Frank estimate that between 2012 and 2014, Kenya will have an additional seven modern retail centres of approximately 150,000 sq m located within the outskirts of Nairobi and Mombasa. Are there enough investors interested?

Shuprotim Bhaumik, partner at HR&A told beyondbrics “the implementation plan will recommend the appropriate strategies for attracting developers and private investment to the site”, and was confident that “the construction of roads, utilities and buildings will follow subsequently”.

Kenya has seen rapid growth in technology over the last decade – the IT sector has expanded 20 per cent each year, according to the World Bank. The Bank also estimates that in the next two years Kenya could become one of the most connected and modern economies in the developing world. Already Nokia, Microsoft, and Airtel are in the country. Kenya has more cell-phone subscriptions than adults and half of all mobile money transfers worldwide (about $10bn) are transacted in the country. At least 80 projects worth over $500m to digitise government records and connect universities are in progress or planned.

With the Konza Technology City project, Kenya is hoping to boost GDP by 2.8 per cent. The boost is needed: the World Bank has also said the country’s tea and coffee exports are not enough to offset its imports, and in 2011, it had an import bill that increased by 23 per cent. Ndemo sums up the situation aptly: “We must break ground this year.” The clock is ticking.
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President Kibaki has picked career investment banker John Ngumi to lead the development of the Sh850 billion Konza technology city.

Mr Ngumi, currently director of investment banking at CFC Stanbic Bank, was appointed chairman of the Konza Technopolis Development Authority, the State-owned body that will regulate, monitor and evaluate the development of the multi-billion-shilling ICT park.

The appointment sets the stage for the recruitment of the authority’s board members and its executive officer.

Mr Ngumi will guide the search for investors and cash for the tech city that will be developed through a private-public partnership financing model. The government will provide basic infrastructure like roads and electricity while a master developer will build and sell the premises to tech firms.

(Opinion: Tread carefully with Konza Technopolis grand dream)

Closing deals

Sources in the Information ministry said that Mr Ngumi’s experience in closing deals and raising project finance for companies influenced Mr Kibaki to appoint him chair of the authority.

“I appoint John Ngumi to be chairman of the Konza Technopolis Development Authority for a period of three years,” said Mr Kibaki in a Kenya Gazette notice.

The appointment gives impetus to the tech city whose ground-breaking has remained on ice due to lack of a technical team and legal framework to drive Kenya’s flagship IT project.

(Read: US firm wins bid to manage Kenya's Konza tech city)

Mr Ngumi has made a name in the corporate finance market, but was a founder director of the industry regulator Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) when it was set up in 1999.

“Over the last 20 years, he has been involved in numerous debt and equity financings in the region and was instrumental in the development of the Corporate Bond and Syndicated loan markets and the Kenya Government Treasury Bond programme,” says his brief in the CFC Stanbic website.

The authority was set up in March this year through a presidential Executive Order to shepherd Kenya’s plan to establish a technology city.
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Kibaki set to launch Sh850bn Konza tech city inJanuary

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The groundbreaking ceremony of Kenya’s first techno
city is scheduled for next month setting the stage for
the development of the Sh850 billion project to kick
off.
According to a senior official at the Ministry of
Information and Communications, the multi-billion
Konza ICT Park project will be launched by President
Kibaki on January 23.
“This will set the ground for the actual development
of the city to begin,” Konza Technology City Business
Process Outsourcing director of administration Henry
Mung’asia told KNA Friday.
The announcement comes barely a week after the
president appointed career investment banker John
Ngumi to lead the development of the multi-billion
technology city setting the pace for the recruitment of
the project’s board and chief executive officer.
READ: Kibaki names investment banker to drive Konza
tech city
Mr Ngumi will chair the Konza Technopolis
Development Authority - the State-owned body set up
in March this year to regulate, monitor and evaluate
the development of the ICT park.
Information and Communication minister Samuel
Poghisio said the ministry has engaged the
International Finance Corporation as the transaction
advisor of the project which is financed through a
partnership between the government and the private
sector.
It is understood that IFC has already contracted UK
firm, Pell Frischmann Consultants to prepare a
concept master plan to guide the development of city.
“Pell Frischmann already delivered a concept master
plan showing the broad proposals on the development
which is being harmonised into a realistic action plans
for immediate implementation,” Mr Poghisio said.
The groundbreaking of the technology city has been
postponed many times over the past two years over
what the Information and Communications
permanent secretary termed as delay in getting key
approvals.
READ: Launch ceremony for Sh900bn ICT park next
month
The tech park will sit on 5,000 acres in Malili Ranch
situated in both Machakos and Makueni counties, 60
kilometres from Nairobi.

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