Uhuru signs Sh175B deal with Chinese company accused of high level spying

Billions at stake

President Uhuru Kenyatta with Han Zheng, the First Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China (PSCU)

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday penned a Sh175 billion deal with Chinese telecommunications company Huawei.

The company has been accused globally of spying on governments and individuals through their mobile technology initiatives.

Huawei will now be charged with developing structures and technology around the Konza Data Centre and Smart Cities Project.

A statement from State House further added that the President had also secured a Sh51 billion deal with the China Road and Bridge Corporation to fund the Nairobi JKIA to James Gichuru expressway.

Huawei will develop a number of tech infrastructure outlined by State House as developing National Cloud Data Centre, Smart ICT Network, Public Safe City and Smart Traffic Solution, and Government Cloud and Enterprise Service.

Uhuru invites investors to Kenya

President Kenyatta also encouraged investors from China to pursue opportunities in Kenya during his speech at the opening ceremony of the Second Belt and Road Forum (BRF).

"My Government has now adopted a comprehensive Kenya investment policy to guide investment procedures and processes, both at national and county levels.

"We have also established a One-Stop Centre to facilitate ease of doing business including establishing and automating service delivery through innovative business platforms such as Huduma Namba, E-Citizen, E-Regulations, iTax, Single Window Electronic Clearing System and Land Registry," the president stated.

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