KONZA TECHNOPOLIS DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (KOTDA) HOLDS STAKEHOLDERS’ ENGAGEMENT FORUM FOR THE DRAFT BILL 2013
The Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KOTDA), in conjunction with the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology on Tuesday 6 August 2013 held a Stakeholders’ Engagement Forum to receive comments on the KOTDA Bill 2013.
Presided over by Dr. Fred Matiang’i, the Cabinet Secretary, the 150-strong participants were drawn from a wide array of stakeholders. Present during the event was Prof. Kibutha Kibwana, Governor, Makueni, accompanied by Mutula Kilonzo Jr, the newly elected Senator for Makueni. Kajiado and Machakos Counties were represented by their Deputy Governors. Others were KOTDA Board members, led by the Chair, Mr. John Ngumi. CCK was also led by their Board Chair, Mr. Ben Gituku and the DG, Mr . Francis Wangusi. The ICT Board was also led by their Chair Ms. Catherine Ng’ahu, and Ag CEO, Mr. Victor Kyalo; and the Vision2030 Delivery Secretariat was represented by Mr. Mugo Kibati, the Director General. Others were County Ministers from Machakos and Kajiado, and senior government officials.
Among the institutions represented were Safaricom; IBM; ICT Board; Orange Telcom; the Architectural Association of Kenya; Kenya Property Developers Association; National Lands Commission; International Institute of Electrical Engineers; International Finance Corporation; Multi Media University; JKUAT; KEMRI; and Export Processing Zone Authority.
While thanking the participants for making the time to contribute towards the refinement of this crucial Bill, Dr. Matiang’i urged them to be candid in their submissions so as to enrich the document. He informed the gathering that KOTDA was established by Legal Notice No. 23 of 2012. However, given the strategic importance of the City for the country and the region, it has become necessary to change its legal status so that it is governed by an Act of Parliament.
He outlined some of the benefits that would accrue from the enactment of the Bill as KOTDA’s ability to: i) Own, take, purchase or otherwise acquire, hold, charge and dispose of movable or immovable property; ii) Receive, borrow and lend money; iii) Exemption from taxes, such as Income Tax for the first 10 years, and other incentives to attract investors; and iv) Enter into contracts.
He added that these powers would enable the Authority to collect revenue from land leases, service fees and local taxes; enter into public-private partnerships; and fund raise, therefore easing pressure on The National Treasury.
The lively plenary discussions elicited valuable comments, some of which touched on creating an enabling environment in which small investors are catered for; finding a way to work with local communities in terms of social responsibility in order to generate their support; and to include women’s and youth groups as investors.
As well, participants felt that the Bill should reflect benefit sharing and compensation mechanisms for the surrounding communities.
Clarification was sought on the definition of the scope of the Konza land, especially the Buffer Zone, taking into consideration that the land is already owned by individuals.
Stakeholders suggested that Research, Innovation and Training should come out strongly in the Mission of KOTDA. In addition, consideration should be given to hiring staff with competencies in social sciences because the Draft Bill leant too heavily on ‘technical’ skills.
On his part, the representative of The National Treasury suggested that cross referencing be made with the requirements of the Public Financial Management Act 2012, Section 86 on the creation of State Corporations.
However, given the number of comments being received, the deadline for online submissions on firstname.lastname@example.org was extended by another week.
Konza is a Vision 2030 flagship project which seeks to develop an ICT ecosystem in a cluster and position Kenya as leading ICT destination by leveraging on and expanding the country’s technology focused industries.
Significant milestones have so far been achieved, including the completion of various feasibility studies; the approval of the Local Physical Development Plan (25 February, 2013); finalization of the detailed implementation plan by the Master Delivery Partner 1(MDP1) in February 2013; and the establishment of Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KOTDA) to spearhead the implementation of the project.
IMPLEMENTATION OF KONZA TECHNO CITY ON COURSE
Tuesday 11, 2013, The establishment of Konza City is one of the key flagships projects of Vision 2030 which will position Kenya as the regions ICT hub and also through the housing of International Investors in setting up of shops and other amenities.
The City has been allocated 1.3 Billion this year is to begin the construction of the 1st phase which will be launched by President Uhuru before later this year.
In a bid to speed up the construction and development of Konza Techno City, the government has formed a Consultative Community Forum to engage area locals and neighboring communities on the benefits of the multi-billion project will have once completed.
Speaking at the Forum recently to Mawasiliano, Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiang’i said the meeting with the leadership of Makueni, Machakos and Kajiado Counties was to collaborate and oversee successful completion of the metropolis.
Matiang’i emphasized the government interest in creating a framework for constant engagement between the County governments and the National government, so that resources are pumped to develop the technology of Konza City.
“County governments are looking after the environs of the city and also looking into ways of taking care of the 10Km buffer zone around Konza City,” said Dr. Matiang’i.
The Cabinet Secretary stated that they will be having quarterly consultative meetings with the County governments so that all aspects of development include the local community.
Speaking during the same event, the Governor of Kajiado County, David Nkedianye promised that they will work with the local people to make sure that they partake of the benefits that grow from the city and he was committed to work closely with his colleagues, to make sure that the great idea of Konza City, comes into reality while it benefits the people of Kenya.
Also present at the forum was the Governor of Machakos County, Dr. Alfred Mutua who said that Konza City was a dream which has been a long time coming and they are going to support the National government.
Mutua said they fully support the consultative agenda which Dr. Matiang’i had brought forth in the community and the leaders of the 3 communities will be involved as the project is being ushered in.
The governor also warned against bad politics that may interfere with the development of the project.
“We don’t want bad politics to slow down this project andwe are not going to allow people with vested interests to undermine the construction of Konza. The reason Africa languishes in poverty is due to more time spent politicking and fighting than actually supporting development,” he concluded.
The Governor of Makueni County, Prof. Kivutha Kibwana who was also the host of the event said that despite the fact that Konza City is located in Makueni County, Machakos and Kajiado are neighbours, therefore need to emphasis that it is both a National and International Project.
Kibwana admitted that they are very happy that during Madaraka day President Uhuru mentioned his interest in Konza City and also Dr. Matiang’i had said the ground was ready for construction of the 1st Phase which is to happen before Christmas.
He promised to work together with his colleagues and the Cabinet Secretary for the project to work effectively.
“We shall collaborate with Dr. Matiang’i in the consultations as he has mentioned because it is critical in making such a big project,” said the governor.
Prof. Kibwana further said that they have asked the Cabinet Secretary to give them a capacity building for Civic education to assist local people especially those from Makueni County to understand the big idea.
Present in the event was ICT PS, Dr. Bitange Ndemo, Chairperson Konza Board, John Ngumi, Director General Vision 2030, Mugo Kibati and CEO KOTDA, Catherine Adeya among others.
Master Delivery Partner 2: Phase 1 Implementation
Master Delivery Partner 2 (MDP2) will implement the Phase 1 plan in conjunction with the KOTDA. The role of MDP2 will be to provide the following professional services to supplement the capacity of the KOTDA:
- Creation of Branding and Marketing Campaign for KTC
- Public Realm Guidelines and Building Parcel Guidelines
- Land Lease Negotiations with Parcel Developers
- Project Financial Analysis and Summary
- Capacity Building and Organization Development for KOTDA
- Design Management for Public Infrastructure
- Construction Management for Public Infrastructure
The services provided by MDP2 will be delivered concurrently and are all expected to commence upon the signing of the MDP2 contract.
The Request for Expressions of Interest in the MDP2 assignment has now closed. Twenty-two bidders responded and were evaluated using the following criteria:
- Experience in developing branding and marketing materials for real estate projects-10%
- Expertise with financial negotiations for real estate projects-15%
- Experience with organizational capacity building in African government organizations or similar-10%
- Experience in procuring and managing design teams for road, utilities and public spaces projects-15%
- Expertise in construction management of roads, utilities and public spaces construction projects-20%
- Experience in Kenyan constructon industry-10%
- Firm capacity to mobilize and utilize Kenyan staff-10%
- Alignment of KTC Vision (speed, quality, sustainability, community)-10%
A Request for Proposals (RFP) will be issued to the following 6 shortlisted bidders in mid-March 2013:
- Dar Al-Handasah Consultants (Shair& Partners) S.A.L (Lebanon)
- Artelia Ville & Transport (France)
- Capita Symonds PLC (UK)
- Azure Strategic Planning & Development with Sasaki Associates (Canada)
- Tetra Tech (USA)
- Aecom South Africa (PTY) Limited (South Africa)
The plan is to hire the MDP2 by early June 2013.
Approval of the Local Physical Development Plan (LPDP)
The Local Physical Development Plan was approved on 25th February, 2013 and has been gazetted, Gazette Notice No. 3465. The approval of this Plan is informed by the Government’s decision to initiate this Techno city and is in line with the provisions of the Kenya Vision 2030 which identified Konza Techno City as one of the flagship projects under the Economic pillar in the Medium Term (2015).
His Excellency the President, Hon. Mwai Kibaki, officially launched Konza Techno City at a groundbreaking ceremony on January 23, 2013. The groundbreaking marks the commencement of construction in Konza, and occurred on the site of Konza’s future site pavilion, designed by SHoP Architects.
KOTDA: Appointment of KOTDA Board Directors and Chairman
Hon Samuel Poghisio, Minister for Information and Communications appointed QS Haron Nyakundi, Arch. Dr. Reuben Mutiso, Arch. Emma Miloyo and Ms. Rosemary Maundu on the Board of Directors for KOTDA. Mr John Ngumi, an Investment Banker, will Chair the Board of Directors.
Master Delivery Partner 1: Phase 1 Business & Master Plan
The Ministry of Information and Communications and International Finance Corporation (IFC) engaged Master Delivery Partner 1 (MDP1) to prepare a detailed business plan and master plan for Phase 1 in July 2012. The Expression of Interest for this assignment attracted 22 firm responses, narrowed to 6 in a shortlist. The Ministry and IFC selected the team led by HR&A Advisors, Inc. of New York City leading a 6-firm international team:
- HR&A Advisors, Inc.; A real estate and economic development advisory firm specializing in large-scale master plan implementation.
- SHoP Architects: An architecture and planning firm creating the conceptual design for the sales pavilion and the urban design for Phase 1.
- Dalberg: An international strategy consulting firm with a Nairobi presence advising on economic strategy, tenant outreach, and organizational strategy for the KOTDA.
- Center for Urban and Regional Planning: A Nairobi-based physical planning firm preparing the Local Physical Development Plan for Konza
- OZ Architecture: A design firm providing sustainability strategies for Konza.
- Tetra Tech: An international engineering services firm developing the infrastructure concepts for Konza.