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Kenya partners with China to construct the Friendship city in Nairobi

Kenya has partnered with China for the construction of Friendship City which is expected to start late this year at a cost of US $2bn. The two firms involved; Chinese’s Damei Investment Company and Kenya’s  Zuri Group Global will construct the mega project in Nairobi’s Athi River area and will have the status of a Special Economic Zone (SEZ).

Jiannan Bao, director of Damei Investment said the development will occupy 1200 acres of land  with five separate functional parks. It will feature homes, factories and amenities like hospitals, schools and shopping malls all in one location.
Friendship City
The project is anticipated to create 150,000 direct jobs and 500,000 indirect jobs Mr Bao additionally said that the project will attract an initial foreign direct investment of approximately US $2bn into Kenya with the potential of up to US $7.5bn by the time the entire development is complete.

“With a raft of tax and non-tax benefits, it is expected that the SEZ will not only attract foreign investors such as those from China, but also lure local industry players who will be afforded an opportunity to competitively access international markets,” said Jiannan Bao.


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  1. What is the key benefit for Kenya apart from 150k jobs. What are the levels of those jobs. What do we mean by 500k indirect jobs. Will. China source materials from Kenya. What are the benefits of the Chinese government. How long is the contact.


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