Kenya Airways Delta Airlines Codeshare

Kenya Airways and Delta Airlines have signed a code partnership to offer enhanced connections to North America  to 11 United States of America and 4 Canadian cities.

The arrangement is an opportunity for travelers to connect from New York,using the  direct  flight  from  Nairobi,  to  their  cities opening many more opportunities at more competitive fares.

Besides the new codeshare services and more convenient flight connections, guests will have the opportunity to earn and redeem miles on the entire network operated by both airlines.

Beginning June, Kenya Airways is expected to increase its frequency to New York from 5 days a week to 7 days a week.

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Western Bypass Road Construction begins Gitaru to Ruaka
Kenya National Highways Authority has embarked on the construction of the Nairobi Western Bypass that starts from Gitaru connecting to the Southern Bypass and terminates at the Ruaka connecting to the Northern Bypass.
The 16.79Km project is being undertaken by the China Road and Bridge Corporation at a cost of 17 Billion. The project is the fourth and final ring of the Nairobi Ring Roads. This project is located in Kiambu County.
Some of the activities to be undertaken during the construction include:
  • A four (4) lane Expressway with a total length of 16.79Km, 25Km service roads
  • 7 interchanges located at Gitaru, Lower Kabete, Wangige, Kihara, Ndenderu, Rumingi and Ruaka
  • Noise control barriers in all human settlement area as an enhanced environmentally- compatible modern highway.
  • Paved deviations along the construction route aimed at ensuring smooth traffic flow, reducing environmental hazards such as dust. These deviation routes shall be retained for future use by residents along this corridor.
  • Eleven (11) traffic bridges and pedestrian underpasses on the entire length
  • A steel pedestrian barrier, running at the media of the entire project length to ensure that no pedestrian crossings occur at the non-authorised areas, apart from the provided for facilities such as footpaths and underpasses.
  • A bus park at Wangige to enhance public transport efficiency and to ensure that traffic congestion and interruptions occasioned by public transport vehicles is reduced. Provision of adequate bus bays at all the major existing commercial centres and settlement areas is also provided.
  • Separate footpaths and cycle tracks as an enhanced safety feature to ensure no direct conflict between motorized traffic and road users.
In summary, the project will have a total of 126 lane kilometres which will include a dual carriageway and 7 interchanges.

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Upon completion, the road is expected to;
  • Ease traffic congestion around Nairobi City
  • Ensure rapid economic growth around the areas near the road
  • Improve safety for pedestrians and other non-motorised road users  and
  • Ensure a smooth flow of traffic
The construction and supervision of the project will take a period of 39 months connecting other bypasses i.e Nairobi Southern Bypass, Nairobi Northern Bypass and Nairobi Eastern Bypass.
SGR Phase 3 Naivasha to Kisumu

Exim Bank has announced that Kenya has signed on a Sh. 370 billion loan that will go towards the completion of SGR third phase. China Road and Bridge Corporation employees are expected to take control of the SGR operations.

The Twitter post by the official handle of Exim Bank confirms the must speculated Naivasha – Kisumu SGR line.

China is currently financing Section 2A SGR line from Nairobi to Naivasha that is currently under construction valued at Sh150 billion.

Kenya is constructing a Standard Gauge Railway between Mombasa and Malaba as part of the East African Community protocol for the development of an SGR connecting the port of Mombasa to Kampala, Kigali and Juba.

Multinationals are fast recognizing the opportunities in the East Africa region given strong growth indicators that see Ethiopia’s developing infrastructure, and investors whetting their appetites in Uganda and Tanzania due to growing economies and stable political environments.  According to Kenneth Oigo, Associate Director of Profica East Africa, a leading property and construction solutions company that has been operating in Africa for over a decade, it is Kenya, however, that presents robust potential for investors, given its prime position in the region.

Profica has built up a strong track record in Kenya and Rwanda as well as fast-growing portfolios of work in Uganda and Tanzania.  Oigo says, “The activity that we are seeing in Kenya suggests that it is the steppingstone to the rest of the region.  Air France has resumed direct flights to Nairobi as of March 2018 after 18 years highlighting the growth of Kenya as an East African node. Various international airlines have set up transit in Kenya, and for some years now, large international agencies, such as the United Nations, have used Kenya as a hub from which they could reach conflict areas in the region.”

Oigo says that now that the East African region has stabilised there is huge development potential.  “Multinationals are embedding themselves more firmly in Nairobi, given its infrastructure, thus enabling them to use Kenya as their head quarters from which to oversee their East African operations.”

Smaller multinationals such as global IT outfits, says Oigo, previously took a cautious approach when developing their presence in the area.  They were less focused on injecting capital into developing local offices, and generally opted for serviced office spaces.  Oigo suggests that these companies now recognise the need for a formal set up according to their particular specifications due to growth in the region and the need to better establish teams permanently in the region.

“At Profica, we have a number of multinational clients that are intent on developing their own niche spaces, and this is where, in particular, our turnkey Design & Build services are being utilised.”

Design & Build entails developing an existing space according to the client’s specific requirements, taking cognisance of their workplace functionality needs and developing an optimal, specific solution.

Oigo says that Profica has developed relationships with multinationals such as Booking.com:   “Profica is currently continuing into a second phase of the company’s office expansion in Nairobi where we are appointed as the full turnkey Design & Build managers on the project, following completion of the first phase last year.”

Another successful project that has been recently completely is a superb office fit out for Google; a relationship previously established during the company’s South African office fit out, continued with two phases in Kampala, Uganda, and now completion of the third phase in Nairobi.

Oigo says, “Profica’s Design & Build capabilities have developed into a strongly coordinated service due to our ability to deliver through a streamlined, multidisciplinary and professional approach.  This service diversification adds to our on-the-ground presence in the region and specialist project management capabilities that span multiple sectors such as healthcare, mixed-use development, commercial, logistics, industrial, retail and housing.”

Profica, long-committed to the East Africa region, is one of the sponsors of the East Africa Property Investment Summit (EAPI), which will be focusing this year on driving investment in the region.  Oigo will be speaking at the event, which will be held on 24 and 25 April at the Radisson Blu in Nairobi.

UberSELECT: A choice for special occasions

Uber has introduced a premium car option in Nairobi that will offer those in need of high end rides for special occasions an option to ride in style without breaking the bank.

UberSELECT will provide an option for a safe, comfortable and reliable ride – for all special occasions. The cars will be driven by experienced and highly-rated driver-partners to ensure that riders always get an unforgettable trip experience

The new offering will exist alongside uberX, which remains available for everyday trips and errands.

UberSELECT  & UberX Pricing Compared

  uberX UberSELECT
Base Fare KES 80 KES 100
Per Kilometer KES 33.60 KES 43
Per Minute KES 2.40 KES 4
Minimum Fare KES 200 KES 300
Cancellation Fee KES 200 KES 200

What can you expect from UberSELECT?

  • Newer, comfortable car models including 7 seater sedans
  • Highly-rated driver-partners

How to request UberSELECT?

  • Open the Uber app and enter your destination
  • Tap the UberSELECT option
  • Confirm your choice
Liquid Telecom Kenya, part of leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, is now providing free internet to Nairobi Garage’s newly opened Entrepreneurship Centre along Ngong Road in Nairobi, supporting up to 300 co-workers with free high-speed fibre internet connectivity of 150Mbps. The move forms part of Liquid Telecom Kenya’s drive to support businesses across Kenya with both internet and, now, software services too.

 

Adil Youssefi, Liquid Telecom Kenya’s CEO, unveiled the free connection at the launch of a joint Liquid Telecom and Microsoft event at the Entrepreneurship Centre outlining the two companies’ partnership, which provides international software, such as Microsoft Azure, on the cloud across Africa.

 

“Liquid Telecom will be offering Microsoft cloud services and applications that developers and IT professionals can use to build, deploy and manage applications across the continent,” said Adil. “This means our internet infrastructure across Africa will now enable companies and entrepreneurs to operate with international software based on easy access to cloud products and services that we are now delivering through our partnership with Microsoft.”

 

The Liquid Telecom and Microsoft deal offers a cloud connectivity service level agreement that bundles together data and cloud services to ensure that businesses never run out of data bundles, ensuring their operations are seamless.

 

Liquid Telecom is also offering Microsoft Azure enterprise customers in Africa a Microsoft ExpressRoute service; a reliable, cost-effective, lower latency, faster and highly secured connection over the internet into European-based Azure clouds.

 

Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute offers an extension to on-premises networks into the Microsoft cloud over a private connection facilitated by a connectivity provider. With ExpressRoute, connections are established onto the Microsoft cloud services, such as Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Enterprise Mobility suite and Windows 10.

 

The Microsoft cloud services offer business of all sizes in Africa numerous benefits. Microsoft Azure enables businesses to develop, test, feedback and retry their applications during development, meaning they can explore new avenues and new technologies.

 

Microsoft Office 365, meanwhile, offers businesses the ability to work from anywhere as long as there is an internet connection. It also offers access to the latest versions of Office at no additional charge and without having to uninstall and reinstall Office on everyone’s machines, while Microsoft Dynamics 365 provides businesses with social selling, content collaboration, mobile sales, planning and management, and intelligence.

 

Together, these Microsoft platforms offer enterprise mobility, allowing employees to carry out business activities through their mobile devices, accessing business information effortlessly, which can trigger greater business opportunities and lead to greater returns on investments.

 

Windows 10, one of the most secure operating systems, provides further security and productivity benefits, including allowing businesses to keep their data, devices and users protected around the clock, giving small and mid-sized business the benefits of enterprise-grade security and control without complexity or unrealistic costs.

 

For coworkers at Nairobi Garage’s Entrepreneurship Centre, accessing the Liquid Telecom infrastructure and Microsoft cloud will now come as part of a membership costing from Sh2000 to Sh15000 a month for fully enabled working space.

 

“At Nairobi Garage, we believe in providing more than just workspace to our members. We want to provide our community with the very best tools to allow them to innovate and thrive. Today’s partnership with Liquid Telecom is another exciting development for our new hub space, Nairobi Garage Ngong Road, and we look forward to welcoming old and new members to our state-of-the-art premises,” said Hannah Clifford, director of Nairobi Garage.
Poa! Internet launches unlimited data bundles
Poa! Internet, the low-cost community Internet provider, has launched unlimited Internet in bundles that start at just Sh10 per hour, drastically cutting the cost of getting online in a move to encourage the youth in Kibera and Kawangware to use the Internet to the full without worrying about their data costs.

 

“We believe the move to such cheap unlimited data will transform the way our customers use the Internet,” said Andy Halsall, Poa!’s Chief Executive Officer.
Poa! Internet, which was launched a year ago, now has tens of thousands of customers in Kibera and recently launched its services in Kawangware as part of its mission to provide Internet to the country’s low-income communities.
The launch of its unlimited mini-packages cuts the cost of using apps such as WhatsApp, which typically use around 44MB of data an hour, from a minimum of Sh27.5 using the closest competing service on offer, down to just Sh10.
“Our aim is that this move to Internet ‘time’ instead of data counting – right down to the smallest unit of one hour – will put our users onto a completely different plane of communication and Internet use,” continued Andy.

 

Unlimited data bundles represent an even greater dividend for Poa!’s customers when using data heavy apps such as YouTube or watching movies, These typically use around 700MB of data an hour and so the cost of watching a two-hour film when counting MB’s would usually be around Sh700. Using Poa! Internet time bundles, the cost will be just Sh20.

 

“We genuinely believe that in our mission to give every Kenyan Internet access, moving to ultra-low cost unlimited bundles is a game changer,” said Andy.

 

Poa! now plans a rapid expansion in its community Internet programme, which sets up its Internet points in local schools, clinics and community buildings, giving free Internet to these community groups. Poa! then uses the same Internet points to offer low cost access to paying users throughout the rest of the community.

 

The ISP has moved its entire pricing model to unlimited time bundles, now offering hourly, daily, weekly, and monthly unlimited usage.
Kwale County launches free street Wi-Fi and online portal, on Liquid Telecom network
Kwale County is this month launching free street Wi-Fi in Baraza Park and Ukunda and an online services portal, KwalePay, following an investment project by Liquid Telecom in high speed Internet to the county, which is one of Kenya’s poorest.

 

The county is launching KwalePay as a one-stop online gateway to all the county government’s services, meaning residents can get business licences, pay land rent and access council services from their mobile phones, home computers and cybercafés.

 

The new Internet services from Kwale County Government follow Liquid Telecom Kenya’s delivery of a 25Mbps fibre network connecting the county government headquarters and regional offices, and servicing Kwale’s new street Wi-Fi and digitalised services.

 

 “The county’s Revenue Management System (RMS) will enable residents do all payments online, cutting long queues at the headquarters, and enhancing revenue collection and transparency,” said Juma Kingi the County ICT Director.

 

“In this, ICT is removing the human interface from revenue collection. We have developed a payment solution and integrated an SMS platform that will send reminders to residents to pay their renewals fees before their due dates, in a system we believe will now double our revenue collection,” said Kingi.

 

Liquid Telecom has also installed a Wide Area Network (WAN) for the county government, connecting its headquarters with its regional offices in Msambweni, Matuga, Lunga Lunga and Kinango via a 36km-radius network.

 

The installations now see Kwale join 39 counties across Kenya that have rolled out digitalised systems offering their services online, but the county is among the first few – notably including Nakuru and Kiambu – to additionally develop free street Wi-Fi.

 

“Our aim is to make county services accessible on mobile phones and in grassroot cybercafés, saving the residents time and money spent travelling to our headquarters. This will cut out long journeys, for instance, from Lunga Lunga to headquarters saving residents about Sh440 on transport alone,” said Anthony Mwamunga the Kwale County Government Chief of Staff.

 

The new network has also meant county staff are now able to use staff emails, where previously they had only personal Gmail or Yahoo accounts. “The county is also working on installing a call extension service across its offices to cut down its mobile phone calls costs,” said Kingi.

 

The development of high-speed Internet in Kwale has additionally opened up the county to new business opportunities and enabled residents to access services previously only available in Kenya’s major cities and towns.

 

Equity Bank, for instance, has launched 231 bank agencies across the county, in a move that has created jobs and saved further costs for residents, who are now able to access and transfer money with ease.

 

 “We genuinely believe in the role that Internet connectivity plays in developing the economic prospects of a region through job creation and greater ease of doing business. This has been seen all around the world. But taking these services into some of Kenya’s must unequal counties is a mission of which we are very proud, and one that we shall continue to pursue with vigour,” said Adil Youssefi, CEO of Liquid Telecom Kenya.

 

Tilisi announces 49 acre sale to Africa Logistics Properties

Tilisi, the mixed-use megaproject set at the meeting point of Tigoni, Limuru, and Sigona, on the outskirts of Nairobi, has today announced the sale of 49 acres of its light industry zone to Africa Logistics Properties (ALP).

The sale accounts for over half of the project’s phase 1 build, for which Tilisi is selling fully serviced plots for light industrial/ logistics use, with paved roads, street lighting, water, electricity and ICT reticulation, sewage treatment plants, matatu stops and recreational facilities for workers within the warehousing zone.

“With the administrative and approval process now complete for Tilisi, and the legal agreements signed, we are delighted to announce this sale to this dynamic and professional logistics developer. Construction of our infrastructure for phase 1 will commence in July,” said Ranee Nanji Co- CEO of Tilisi.

Tilisi Logistics Park is set to create more than 1,000 local jobs on completion, and will be set on the southern spur of its 400-acre mixed-use development, which is one of Kenya’s leading real estate developments, creating a new satellite town on the city’s outskirts.

Tilisi is the nearest megaproject to Nairobi’s city centre, located close to the junction of Nairobi’s new southern bypass, the Northern by-pass and just off the Nairobi – Nakuru Highway, which is the main road cargo route from Mombasa port to western Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda, currently being upgraded to a six-lane highway by China Wu Yi Construction Company Ltd. “Being set on major arterial roads on the West of Nairobi and within easy reach of the airport was a critical factor in the design of the Tilisi masterplan,” said Kavit Shah, Co-CEO of Tilisi.

Tilisi’s location also makes for an easy reach from Kenya’s main airport, which remains one of Africa’s biggest airports for cargo. With a cargo capacity of 20.3m tonnes, according to the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA), Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is a major hub for regional traders, especially in the global flower business, which requires rapid transport.

The location additionally allows tenants and future owners to bypass the congestion through Nairobi, resulting in more efficient logistics in terms of time and cost.
ALP, which is developing Africa’s first grade A warehouses for rental occupiers in Nairobi, has bought its largest land purchase at Tilisi.

” The 49-acre site we are acquiring from Tilisi will be the location of our second modern grade-A logistics and light industrial park in Nairobi which will give strategic access to both Nairobi and the Western Kenya corridor for companies who operate from our facilities,” said Toby Selman, CEO of ALP.

Tilisi has dedicated 90 acres to warehousing in its first phase of development, with a further 41 acres remaining after its 49-acre sale to ALP. ALP will develop 80,000 square metres of international standard grade-A logistics and light industrial warehouse space for rental occupiers, while the remaining Tilisi plots are available for sale and are designated for owner occupiers to build their own units.

“ALP and Tilisi have complimentary business models, offering multinationals and domestic Kenyan producers a choice of an ownership model or rental model.” said Kavit Shah.

ALP launches first modern international standard logistics warehousing parks in Kenya

Africa Logistics Properties (ALP) has today announced the launch of Kenya’s first ever grade A logistics and distribution parks for the international and local occupier rental market in order to improve much needed supply chain infrastructure in the country.

The company today announced two land purchases situated in the North and West outskirts of Nairobi, unveiling the purchase of 22 acres at Tatu City, in Ruiru, and 49 acres from Tilisi, towards Limuru.

The two warehouse parks will offer international standard warehousing to multinational and local regional companies in the logistics, retail, light industrial, FMCG and e-commerce sectors.

Kenya is among many African nations suffering losses on inadequate warehousing facilities, with the cost of moving goods in Africa estimated to be up to three times higher than in developed countries, accounting for as much as 75 per cent of retail prices.

“Economic development in Africa now rests significantly on the development of modern grade A industrial and logistics warehouses, which we are moving to build across targeted African capital cities, beginning with Nairobi,” said Toby Selman, the Co-Founder and CEO of Africa Logistics Properties (ALP).

“We have now started construction at the Tatu site, while the construction of infrastructure and road junctions at our western Nairobi site is due to commence in the coming months.”

The design specifications for the ALP warehouses conform with international building standards. “Once complete, the units will also be managed to international property management standards by ALP’s team,’ said Selman.

The company expects to create up to 500 jobs in each of its new warehousing parks.

At Tatu, ALP will be creating 50,000 sqm of grade A warehouse space, to be called ALP North. It has, this month, also agreed terms with an international company for the park’s first rental lease, for 14,000 sqm of warehousing, in Kenya’s largest industrial lease to date.

Each warehouse will provide raised loading bays, 12m high operating eaves, large column grids of 12 x 24 metres, high load capacity, laser levelled flooring together with large high capacity truck yards and parking.

“These specifications enable operators to store up to eight pallets vertically, leading to lower storage costs and overall higher operating efficiencies,” said Selman.

Occupier service charges will also be lower than traditional ‘godowns’, thanks to environmental features such as solar power – with mains and generator back up – and rainwater harvesting.

ALP recently completed the first closing of its oversubscribed initial fundraising, raising $50m from CDC Group, the UK’s development finance institution, and from IFC, a member of the World Bank Group.

Other institutional investors include Maris, a Nairobi based private investment business focused on sub-Saharan Africa, and Mbuyu Capital Partners, an African focused UK based asset manager. ALP also announced last week a $4m investment by DOB Equity, a leading Dutch family office, closing its initial round of equity investments.

The scale and speed of the investor engagement has been driven by the expected economic impact of ALP’s investments and the ALP’s team deep sector experience and execution capability.

“ALP helps to drive down logistical costs by providing grade-A warehousing facilities that deliver built-for-purpose supply chain infrastructure. This infrastructure will create efficiencies that should lead to lower prices for consumers. It will also help both international and local companies to focus on their core business growth instead of having to construct, finance, manage, and maintain warehouses on their own,” said Selman.

ALP’s management team has 40 year experience in developing modern warehousing across emerging markets, having previously built 1.5 million square metres of modern warehousing across Eastern Europe.