Konza or Bust: Intellectual Property and Africa’s Silicon Savannah

KONZA concept

A few weeks ago, the President Mwai Kibaki launched a KES 900 Billion ($14.5bn) project to build a new technology city: Konza, intended to be an IT business hub and dubbed “Africa’s Silicon Savannah”.

Many may know that Konza is part of the government’s Vision 2030 initiative to improve much-neglected infrastructure over the next two decades or so. It is hoped that more than 20,000 IT jobs will be created in Konza by 2015, and more than 200,000 jobs by 2030.

According to the official Konza website, this Techno City will include:

– Modern Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) Park
– Science Park
– Convention Center
– Mega Mall
– Data Centres
– World-class Hotels
– Local and International Schools
– World Class Hospitals
– Championship Golf Course
– Financial District
– High Speed Mass Transport System
– Residential Housing
– Superior Modern Integrated Infrastructure, Roads, Sewer, electricity and Telecommunications networks and Integrated security system, among other features;

Read the rest of this article over at the CIPIT Law Blog here.

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