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National Construction Authority on 6th October, 2020 held an inaugural visit and pre-development meeting at the proposed site for the Centre for Construction Industry Development (CCID). The site visit was in conjunction with the State Department of Public Works and the State Department for Information Communication & Technology and took place at the Konza Technopolis.
The team was led by Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Dr. Gordon Kihalangwa, CBS, the Principal Secretary, State Department of Public Works, NCA Board Chair Qs. David Gaitho and Executive Director Eng. Maurice Akech and was received by Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) directors and CEO Eng. John Tanui.
In his keynote address to the delegation, PS Kihalangwa lauded the inception of the CCID, which he noted was critical for the advancement of the industry.
Qs. Gaitho highlighted the key objectives of the Center, key among them to establish a conducive environment to support inter-disciplinary basic and applied construction related research as well as providing a hub for knowledge, technology transfer and research diffusion to the construction industry and other allied sectors. “With the Center in place, the Authority will be aiming to address the challenges that have bedevilled the industry since independence.”
On his part, KoTDA CEO Eng. John Tanui lauded NCA for being at the forefront of investing in the Technopolis, noting that there are 145 parcels available for occupation with uptake currently at 40%.The delegation expressed optimism with regards to the efforts of the project implementation team toward the realization of this flagship project. The Center will be a key actualization of the Authority’s mandate as set out in the National Construction Regulations of 2014 and the NCA Strategic Plan 2020-2025. It is projected to be the largest institution of its kind in East Africa. Breaking ground is expected to take place in 2021.