Huawei poised to fuel China foreign policy in Kenya

Technology giant Huawei is poised to become one of China’s main links for fuelling the next phase of its ambitious programmes under the Belt and Roads Initiative (BRI) in Kenya.

Chinese authorities immediately placed the tech firm at the centre of implementing key economic agreements with Kenya, in what could make the company’s role more prominent in extending Beijing’s influence.

Kenya just signed a Sh17.5 billion agreements for the Konza Data Centre Smart Cities Project under the Ministry of ICT.

In the deal, Huawei will build a national cloud data centre, smart ICT network, public safe city and smart traffic solution as well as a cloud centre for the government enterprise service.

According to a dispatch from State House, the programme to be hosted in the proposed Konza Technocity, a Vision 2030 project, will develop a “technology-intensive and high-tech industries in ICT, biotechnology and e-commerce”.