Inside Ruto’s plan to create five smart cities in Kenya

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President William Ruto selected the cities of Dongo Kundu, Lamu, Naivasha, Athi River and Sagana to house five smart cities that mimic Incheon in South Korea.

In a statement issued by the Presidential Communications Service on Thursday, Nov. 24, Ruto agreed to prioritize establishing special economic zones in the five cities.

During a visit to the Incheon Free Economic Zone in the Seoul Capital Area, the president stated that the project will boost entrepreneurship, boost investment and boost growth in the country.

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“The zones will support a wide range of business activities by providing tax benefits, high-quality administrative services and a comfortable living environment,” notes Ruto.

An image of the Incheon Free Economic Zone in Korea.

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The head of state further explained that Kenya will also make use of Korea’s advanced technology to enhance the digital economy, boost business and create job opportunities.

Dubbed the City of the Future, the five cities will be technology hubs aiming for zero carbon levels. They will become education, healthcare, business, tourism and distribution centers.

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Services in the city are integrated via a hyper-connected network. All zones will be equipped with disaster management and crime prevention systems using object recognition cameras.

In addition, the hubs will have an operating system that enables autonomous (self-)driving and a smooth flow. All bus tops will be smart, safe and have charging points.

All of the city’s information is stored in a cloud bank that is made available to investors who will develop technologies.

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An intelligent building system will be installed to monitor houses, including air conditioning, air quality control, energy control, parking and security system.

In addition, all cities will have an innovation hub to stimulate creative start-ups and provide financial assistance to companies to enable them to reach their potential.

Expansion for innovation is stimulated by connecting research and technology.

President William Ruto receives a gift from a South Korean official at the Incheon Free Economic Zone in Seoul, Seoul, on Thursday, November 24, 2022.

President William Ruto receives a gift from a South Korean official at the Incheon Free Economic Zone in Seoul, Seoul, on Thursday, November 24, 2022.

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