The construction of the second phase of the Korean funded project- Kenya Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) at the Konza Techno City is set to commence in the second quarter of 2017; this is according to the Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat.
Julius Muia, Director General Kenya Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat confirmed the news and said that they have invested heavily in developing the master plan and critical infrastructure including roads, water and electricity, all of which are now at Konza city.
“We want to move as quickly and as timely as possible to ensure that Konza City is a success. We had to get everything right, which is why we have invested heavily in developing the master plan and critical infrastructure including roads, water and electricity, all of which are now at Konza.
These fundamentals have enabled all envisioned development to now take off, with KAIST as the anchor tenant at Konza,” said Julius Muia, Director General Kenya Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat.
This initiative comes after the Kenyan and South Korean Governments agreed on the regulatory framework that will see the Asian nation put in approximately US$ 98m so as to set up the public research university at Konza Techno City.
The establishment of the institution in Kenya will enhance the quality of higher learning while nurturing a technologically advanced population hence producing creative young talents and leaders.
Konza Technopolis Development Authority Chief Executive Officer, Engineer John Tonui laid out the progress of other critical support infrastructure that will establish Konza as an ICT hub and the driver of development in Africa.
Konza has already received over 400 expressions of interest from investors interested in setting up base at the Technopolis, some solicited while others have been solicited.
They include seven local universities; The University of Nairobi, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Technical University of Kenya, Multimedia University and others.
KAIST is a public research university located in Daedeok Innopolis, Daejeon, South Korea and it is the first and top science and technology research university in Korea which has been the gateway to advanced learning, innovation, and a driving engine for the development of Korea for past four decades.