Konza tecnopolis Phase One Records 80pc Uptake: Through the nation’s largest data center in East Africa, the Konza Technopolis has begun to generate income for the government.
One of the most notable projects to be finished on the Konza Technopolis is the data center, which is currently utilized by the government and more than ten private businesses.
Jerome Ochieng, the principal secretary for ICT and innovation, stated that the government understands the significance of establishing strategic partnerships to share ideas and advance collectively for Konza to reach its goal.
The development of the horizontal infrastructure within the Konza Technopolis is moving well, according to Ochieng, who was speaking on Tuesday at the Konza Investors Breakfast Meeting in Nairobi. Investors have now occupied 80% of the first phase, he added.
People often mistake Konza for a typical one-time project like constructing a school, hospital, or market, but I assure them that this is not the case. People need to realize that this is not a time-bound project because we have visited other cities that have been built using this specific structure and some of them have been under construction for more than 20 years.
He emphasized that the kind of city the government is establishing at Konza is what is known in technology as “plug and play,” meaning that as a building rises it is connected to the electricity, water, sewerage, internet, and other things that are readily available.
The project has taken a while, but it hasn’t stagnated, the PS explained. “We are on the correct trajectory as we exchange our experiences with the finest in the world and we aspire to attain the best here at Konza,” he added.
According to Ochieng, the initiative also calls for the development of smart vaccine production, making Kenya one of the continents of Africa’s hubs for vaccine production. According to Ochieng, “This will address the vaccine problems that were evident with the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Reuben Mutiso, chairman of the Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA), claimed that now that the national data center is beginning to generate revenue, investors can see the project’s value for money.
By being a part of an entirely new smart city with a smart infrastructure, Konza offers value to investors. We have modern roads, therefore cutting them to install pipes is not necessary because the allocation has already been made, according to Mutiso.
According to KoTDA CEO John Tanui, the Konza Technopolis is anticipated to house 200,000 people by 2030 and provide 17, 000 employment by the end of phase one.
The Kenya Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), which is being built and is modeled after the Korean Advanced Institute of Science Technology, has been able to attract investors, according to Tanui, from educational institutions (KAIST).
According to Tanui, “Konza have many investors who have taken up space, ranging from light manufacturing and industry, hotels and convention centers, technical and vocational institutions, shopping malls and retail centers, student housing, furnished apartments, transport and logistics, energy, research and development, ICT companies, and incubation centers, among others.”