A few kilometres from Nairobi, Konza Technology City, also known as Silicon Savannah, is the embodiment of Kenyan ambitions, and represents a new construction model for tomorrow's African cities.
Here we are on the site of Konza Technology City (KTC), nicknamed Silicon Savannah. A "smart city" where people will live and work. This new city spanning 2000 hectares is entirely structured around new technologies in which start-ups, universities, services and housing will have their place. While the project is still just a virtual reality, John Tanui, CEO of Konza Technopolis Development Authority, the body responsible for bringing it to life, is tasked with promoting the project and attracting investors, particularly international leaders in new technologies.
Kenya Vision 2030's flagship project
KTC, which was approved in 2008 and has been under construction since 2013, is the flagship project of Kenya Vision 2030 and valued at 400m dollars, of which,90% must be funded by the private sector. "The government is facilitating access to the area and planning infrastructure, roads, and access to water and electricity, but the development has to be 90% financed by the private sector," stresses John Tanui. As Huawei, Cisco, IBM, Microsoft and other tech leaders have already expressed interest in the project, John Tanui is optimistic. "We have begun discussions and everyone is very interested in this project, and in building the data centre, the centrepiece of the Technopolis."
Both the heart and the shop window of KTC, this eight-storey building is entirely led by NTICS, meets the new international environmental standards, and houses a restaurant, car park, and a number of offices. "This project is strongly focused on ecological issues," stresses Annah Musyimi, head of the project. "We meet all of the environmental standards. This enables us to fight against energy wastage." As a professional architect, Annah Musyimi designed all of the plans for the Technopolis. "We run on solar energy. For water, we have installed a system that allows us to control the flow and automatically turn the tap off after use in order to prevent waste. Finally, our carbon emissions are...