KONZA: The failed promise of Kenya’s smart city

Ngigi

Cant argue with your thought process. Just a small correction however. The explosion you have mentioned is happening right before our eyes. Despite Konza not being completed. In the last couple of years VC Investment in Kenya has surpassed the billion dollar mark.

Talk of Vitu Kwa Ground….

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> On 2 Jun 2021, at 2:36 PM, Ngigi Waithaka <ngigi@at.co.ke> wrote:
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> 
> Ali,
>
> Our biggest problem is that we start our projects backwards…. The cart before the horse mantra!
>
> When we travel and we see a solid city and/or area such as Shenzen, Silicon Valley et.al, we quickly come back and want to build a similar city *without* first asking the hard questions; such as what *actually led* to the rise of those cities and regions? We just want to build new cities!
>
> I once heard from a ‘higher up’ that once we build the walls & buildings at Konza and firms relocate there, we will see collaboration and explosion of Kenya inventions as we haven’t seen before! I asked them to get a map of Nairobi and put a compass at the center, draw a 30KM radius and just about most higher education institutions & tech firms would be there and yet we don’t see that ‘explosion’.
>
> And I highly doubt we’d see it by moving to a veritable desert.
>
> IMO, disband Konza Technolopolis / Parastatal, it’s currently eating Billions that could have much better use in our tech ecosystem etc . Give Konza land to some campus(es), give them 30-50 years (Yes, that much time) to build up and attract solid talent. Once we have that ecosystem, use reserved areas around it for expansion into tech hubs…
>
> In the meantime, concentrate on building tech hubs & tech ecosystems & GoK funded investments around Nairobi, that’s where the current ecosystem currently is…
>
> Regards
>
>> On Wed, Jun 2, 2021 at 7:35 AM Ali Hussein via KICTANet <kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>> GG
>>
>> Thanks for sharing.
>>
>> Listers, even the best-laid plans can miss their targets. I’d rather we discuss:-
>>
>> 1. What went wrong.
>> 2. What are the lessons to be learned.
>> 3. Can the project get back on track?
>> 4. Has it gone wrong? How long does it take to build a new city?
>>
>> Regards
>>
>> Ali Hussein
>> Digital Transformation
>>
>> Tel: +254 713 601113
>> Twitter: @AliHKassim
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>>> On Tue, Jun 1, 2021 at 7:32 PM Grace Githaiga via KICTANet <kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>>
>>> Listers
>>> This may be of interest to some here.
>>> Rgds
>>> Grace
>>>
>>> Kenya was one of the earliest countries to outsource its dreaming to McKinsey. The entire Vision 2030 strategy was developed by the Kenyan government in conjunction with McKinsey & Company, with Konza being one of many techno-utopian urban renewal projects the firm was involved in. At first, most were undertaken in Asia, then, in the 2000s, the focus shifted to African countries, which were seen as growth markets for big tech and financial corporations.
>>>
>>> …the McKinseyfication of government and federal services often means that the mere production of paperwork counts as progress. …The question then becomes, Who is responsible for the failure of Konza?”
>>>
>>> Read on: restofworld.org/2021/the-failed-promise-of-kenyas-smart-city/
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