StarTimes Karen headquarters and dubbing center in Nairobi is a 20,000m2 commercial project developed by StarTimes Media Ltd. It involves the construction of building office space, a center for film and television dubbing, and a broadcast station. In addition, it includes building a research and development facility for digital TV, a training facility, parking, and related facilities.
The primary contract was given out on May 15, 2014. A groundbreaking ceremony was held at the project location on July 14, 2014. However, the project proposal was suspended in the fourth quarter of 2014. StarTimes is in the process of asking the council for approvals. But, there is a delay.
As of October 2018, StarTimes is still waiting for approvals and construction works have not yet commenced.
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Reported in July 2014
US$80m StarTimes Karen headquarters and dubbing center to be launched in Kenya
StarTimes has launched its plans to set up its Africa headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The project will be executed at an estimated cost of US$80m in Karen, Nairobi on 20,000 ㎡ lands. The center is to be ready by the end of 2015.
The center will act as the Group’s headquarters and Dubbing Center for Film and Broadcast Television in Kenya. StarTimes’ president Pang Xinxing indicated that the Group came to that decision based on Kenya’s strong economy, and the government’s commitment to attracting increased foreign direct investment.
The project will see the construction of six units which will include StarTimes African Headquarters, StarTimes Kenya offices, a Film and Television Dubbing Center, a StarTimes Broadcast Station, a Digital TV research and development center as well as a Training Center.
Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Arts, and Culture Dr. Hassan Wario said that the government will continue to pursue efforts to make the business environment in the country suitable for investors. She also indicated that the move made by the company is bold since the headquarters will not only serve as a base from where the group’s African operations are conducted but also as a production center which will ensure the growth of local productions and talent.