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Friday, 10 Mar 2017 09:31 EATmkwamboka@kenyafreepress.com
The Hass Group has announced the signing of a Sh20 billion agreement with the China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC), which is the largest construction company in the world, to construct the tallest building in Africa here in Nairobi. The Hass Towers whose construction is due to start in April is set to open its doors in 2020. It will be located in Upper Hill area.
Speaking at the signing ceremony that was held at Kempinski Hotel in Beijing, Chairman of Hass Petroleum Group, Mr. Abdi Nassir Ali Hassan, described the signing as a historic event and congratulated CSCEC on winning the contract after a long negotiation and tender process. He said CSCEC had gone through a rigorous tender system which they won over ten international companies including European, Turkish as well as other Chinese competitors.
That Hass Group's awarding the contract to CSCEC demonstrates a stronger growing economic partnership between the Chinese Government and the Kenyan Government, and is a testament to Kenya’s economic and political stability, he said. On his part, Mr Li Mingguang, Vice President of CSCEC Overseas Operations, said that this will be the tallest building in Africa and will become a landmark in Kenya.
The record-breaking mixed use development will include Grade A offices, a 5-star Hilton hotel, plus a luxury retail and entertainment complex. Standing over 300 metres high with 67 storeys, the tallest tower is designed to represent the height of African achievement considerably taller than the current record holder, that is the Carlton Centre in South Africa at 50 floors and 223m tall.
The signing ceremony was also attended by Mr John O. Odipo, the Counsellor of Kenya’s Embassy in China, and the Commercial Counsellor of Kenya’s Embassy in China Mr Vincent E. Omuse, Vice Chairman and Co-Founder of White Lotus Inc., Mr Sita Ramachandra Raju Poosapati and Vice President of CSCEC Overseas Operations, Mr Zhang Zhiping.
The writer is a journalism student at Moi University currently on internship at the Kenya Free Press, specializing in health, crime and society issues.