Thursday, January 24, 2013

Kenya developing $14.5bn Silicon City

Kenya may be considered as a backward country by many, but its leaders seem to have a vision for the future. Laced with the vision to make Kenya a highly tech advanced country, the Kenya's president has launched a $14.5bn (£9.1bn) project to build a new Silicon city intended to be an IT business hub and dubbed "Africa's Silicon Savannah".
Kenyan president laying the foundation stone of Silicon City - The Konza technology City

The Silicon City to be known as Konza Technology City is to be located some 60 kilometres away from the capital city Nairobi.

The 5,000-acre (2,011-hectare) site was a ranch to the south-east of Nairobi on the way to the port city of Mombasa.

The Konza Technology City is expected to generate more than 20,000 IT related jobs by 2015 - which will be multiplied ten times to 200,000 jobs in next fifteen years period in 2030.


Artist's view of the Konza Technology City

"It is expected to spur massive trade and investment as well as create thousands of employment opportunities for young Kenyans in the ICT [information communications technology] sector," President Mwai Kibaki said at the ceremony to launch the construction, adding it would be a "game-changer" for the country's development.

The government has appointed the Konza Technopolis Development Authority to oversee the building of the IT hub, which will be built in four phases - starting with the technology centres first.

Read more about it at: BBC Africa
Photos: Screen shots from BBC


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