KEPSA ICT Sector board led by the Chair Mr. Mike Macharia, visited Konza Technopolis on 26th April 2019 to have an overview of the status of the ongoing projects as well as opportunities private sector can leverage on.
KEPSA together with Hon. Adan Harake who is the Director General in charge of Administration and the Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) explored the ongoing infrastructural development in Phase 1 which covers a total of 376 Acres covering Machakos, Makueni and Kajiado counties.
The team then met with the Project Manager of Impresa Costruzioni Giuseppe Maltauro (ICM), Mr. Diego Rossi. ICM Group is an Italian based company that brings together industrial companies operating in the construction industry and in related sectors. Other than Kenya, the company has ongoing projects in Libya and Oman; it has completed projects in Romania, Cyprus, Lebanon, UAE, Cape Verde and Qatar.
In his presentation, Mr. Rossi gave a progress report of Phase 1 and the expected timelines for completion of each stating that the design and procurement processes were still ongoing. Construction has however begun with Phase 1A having reached 12.6% completed and is expected to be done by 2nd December 2019 and the rest of Phase 1 would be completed by 2nd February 2022. Mr. Rossi further highlighted the measures being taken to ensure that Konza Technopolis is not just smart but ecologically friendly and sustainable too. This is done through the entire value chain of the development with over a 1 million Square Meters having provided for parks and landscaping areas. The state of the art automatic waste collection and recycle systems have been provided and the project goes through a sustainable audit every 3 months to ensure that the ecosystem is preserved as much as possible. In addition to this, every investor in the project has to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified.
Furthermore, ICM Group has taken measures to ensure community involvement through community engagement meetings, which take place every 10 to 15 days with ward representatives and community leaders. In addition, the company has employed 280 people from the community to support the 40 expatriates currently managing the project.
The visit was very informative and provided great insights into the ongoing development and the realizable opportunities available to local investors ready and willing to invest.