MACHAKOS, Kenya, Dec.14 (Xinhua) — Kenya’s smart city is expected to be completed in the next three years, an official said on Saturday.
John Tanui, CEO of the Konza Technopolis told Xinhua that a key component of the smart city will be the national data center.
“The data center will be critical to the country’s digitalization process as it will provide the platform to store data required to power the knowledge economy,” Tanui said on the sidelines of the launch of the Luban Workshop in Machakos University located about 60 km southeast of Kenya’s capital city Nairobi.
Tanui said that the smart city is phase one of the Konza techno city dubbed the silicon savannah and is expected to create over 20,000 jobs when fully operational.
He noted that as the digital economy expands, the country will require a lot more data storage capacity.
“More and more government services are now online and the private sector is also increasing investments in e-commerce. All this will require a robust digital platform,” he revealed.
Tanui said that the government is keen to ensure that local and foreign investors can leverage the national data center to create innovations, especially in the digital sector.