China deepens presence in Kenya with huge project
Chinese construction giant Beijing Damei Investment Company is planning to build a mega city in Kenya further deepening China’s presence in Kenya, one of the project’s shareholder has disclosed.
Bobby Kamani from Zuri Group of companies said that construction on mega city is set to begin later this year also disclosing that the project is set to cost approximately Ksh200 billion.
The city named friendship City is to be located in Nairobi Athi River area.
“The project will lead to an initial foreign direct investment into Kenya of about 200 billion shilling (2 billion U.S. dollars), with a potential of up to 7.5 billion dollars by the time the entire development is complete,” said Mr Kamani.
The mega project will involve construction of residential homes, factories, hospitals and malls among others all in the same piece of land.
Friendship City project is expected to attract an initial foreign direct investment of approximately Ksh201 billion into the country and Ksh756 billion once it is complete.
The project will have the status of a Special Economic Zone( SEZ) meaning that investments in the mega city will shielded from tax.
From a tax perspective, SEZs are considered to be outside the customs territory of Kenya, thereby operating within a jurisdictional bubble that shields investors from taxes and similar regulatory hurdles that directly or’ indirectly impede trade,” said Mr Jiannan Bao, the director of the Beijing-based Damei Investment Company.