Konza Technology City
Mwai Kibaki, Kenya’s president, has launched the construction of Konza Technology City – a 5,000-acre plot of land about 40 miles east of Nairobi. The city, dubbed “Africa’s Silicon Savannah”, is intended to become a hub for innovative technology and spur economic growth in Kenya.
The city is part of Kenya’s Vision 2030 initiative – a development plan designed to bolster the country’s infrastructure. The government aims to secure a higher quality of life for its citizens by 2030 by collaborating with international businesses looking for low-cost, high-quality labour.
Current plans for Konza include the construction of call centres, data centres and light manufacturing plants. The city will also include hotels, universities, hospitals, recreational spaces, a financial district and a high-speed public transit system. The first phase of the city’s development is estimated to create around 20,000 jobs.
A number of African nations, including Ghana, Morocco and South Africa, have devised similar programmes to strengthen partnerships with businesses that outsource globally. For more on the tech hubs of tomorrow, see Centres of Innovation, part of the Stylus Macro Trend Unlocking New Worlds.