The Kenyan firm AVLC Group is set to lead the construction of a monumental project in Kinshasa. The Kasangulu Smart City in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is valued at approximately $210 million (Sh32 billion). This cutting-edge venture spans 40 hectares of prime land and aims to establish a smart city equipped with various amenities.
The project was developed by MC Telecom in collaboration with AVLC Group. It includes multifunctional structures such as; multi-storey residences, a hospital, school, train station, water theme park, malls, shopping centers, hotels, clubhouses, a lake, an artificial beach, and various other essential facilities.
The initiative is seen as a significant step towards boosting integration and socioeconomic development within the East African Community (EAC). It aims to bring together investors and citizens from the region. MC Telecom Chairman, Sam Yongo, emphasized the importance of cross-border investments to enhance regional integration.
As urban areas in the EAC are experiencing population growth, there is a growing need for infrastructure development, particularly housing and facilities. The project is envisioned to cater to this burgeoning population, offering quality and affordable housing for middle and upper-class citizens.
The construction of Kasangulu Smart City is expected to be completed by 2027. It’s perceived as a transformative initiative that not only elevates the real estate market in the DRC but also contributes to the broader regional development within the EAC.
The project is anticipated to create employment opportunities, stimulate the economy, and attract both local and international investors. It is expected to serve as a model for sustainable development and collaboration across borders.
AVLC Group, in partnership with Kenyan-based UDesign Architects, will oversee a number of factors in the project. These include; the financial structure, project implementation, contract negotiations, financial coordination, quality assurance, and management of the construction phase.
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This ambitious endeavor is set to pave the way for a modern, innovative urban center. It will draw in a diverse spectrum of residents, businesses, and investors eager to be part of a forward-thinking, sustainable community. The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for the second week of December 2023, with the first phase estimated to be completed by 2025.