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How Korea’s skills will benefit Konza

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By Judith Gicobi

The Kenyan and Korean governments have formalized an expertise exchange program via which the Asian country would support ten projects in Konza.

Through special subsidies from Korea, the Economic Innovation Partnership Programme (EIPP) 2021/22 aims to accelerate the construction of smart city infrastructure at Konza Technopolis. The two states will share technical expertise on a framework for the completion of three key projects in Konza Technopolis throughout the course of the three-year cooperation.

The government is intent on building partnerships that can propel the country’s socio-economic change, according to Jerome Ochieng, the Principal Secretary for ICT and Innovation.

“Under this EIPP, consultation based on Korea’s ICT infrastructure and urban development experience is expected to significantly contribute to formulating a smart city development strategy,” he said.

The Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) highlighted over 10 prospective projects to gain from EIPP, according to Chong Hwa Lee, Director, Korean Ministry of Economy and Finance.

“We jointly reviewed and agreed on three key projects for the 2021/2022 EIPP, and lined-up candidate projects for the 2022/2023 and 2023/2024 programs.” Chong Hwa said.

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