By O’Brien Kimani
Plans to construct the largest meeting center in Africa are at an advanced stage with the government set to float tenders for construction of the facility.
Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala says the Bomas International Convention Center to be put up in Langata will be constructed under the Public Private Partnership model.
Balala spoke when he handed over the Kenyatta International Convention Center which will be used to host the TICAD meeting next week to Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed.
For more than four decades, now the Kenyatta International Convention Center has become synonymous with hosting high profile meetings in Kenya.
In the last 12 months, KICC has been the venue of major meets bringing together thousands of delegates from around the world. With Kenya now becoming a rising star for meetings and conventions, the country is under pressure to develop more facilities to host high end meetings.
The Bomas International Conference and Exhibition Centre will be constructed on an 82-acre piece of land where the current Bomas of Kenya is located. It will consist of Presidential and VIP pavilions, luxury hotels, conference centre halls with a capacity of hosting 10,000 delegates in one sitting, exhibition space as well as other social amenities.
Balala says the tender would be floated later this year. Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed says due to Nairobi’s capacity to host high end meetings, the image of the country as a preferred investment destination has improved.
The TICAD meeting being held in Africa for the first time brings together close to 10,000 delegates from Japan and Africa to discuss ways of improving bilateral ties between the continent and the Asian country.