KONZA: The failed promise of Kenya’s smart city

Dear Barrack,

Konza Technopolis project is on course, we are making significant progress
especially ensuring that the key pillars for the success are in place.

Our invitation to KICTANET still stands, we consider this community key
stake holders and your partnership, collaboration and feedback is
important.

You can get the latest information on the project by visiting also our
website and social media platforms including YouTube.

Let me know when you would like to visit us.

Regards

John Tanui

On Wed, 2 Jun 2021 at 07:39, Barrack Otieno via KICTANet <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

> Dear Ali,
>
> I agree with you. My humble opinion is that Government priorities may have
> changed. Engineer Tanui the Konza CEO is on the list and had at one time
> invited listers to tour the facility. I think Konza can still be realized.
> It will be great to revisit the previous discussion and for Engineer Tanui
> to respond to the concerns that have been raised since there seems to be
> life at Konza.
>
> Best Regards
>
> On Wed, 2 Jun 2021, 7:34 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
>>
>>
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>>
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>>
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>>
>>
>>
>>
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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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>>>
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