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    Foreign contractors to cede 30pc stake to locals in new rules

Foreign contractors to cede 30pc stake to locals in new rules

Kenya: Foreign construction and building companies will be required to cede a minimum of 30 per cent of their ownership to local companies when establishing their offices in Kenya. The requirement that targets foreign companies is part of a raft of regulations that have been formulated by the Government to streamline the [...]

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Tanzania: ‘Cheap’ cement imports strangle local firms

Construction boom in Tanzania is creating a growing demand for cement but local producers are struggling under the weight of unfair competition of ‘cheap’ cement imports and smuggling. Soaring investments in infrastructure construction from the public and private sector make cement production big business in Tanzania but according to local producers, [...]

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    Nairobi developers hit by high construction permit fees

Nairobi developers hit by high construction permit fees

NAIROBI, KENYA: Private developers in Nairobi slowed their activities last year after the county government increased construction permit fees, a new report reveals. The State of Development Report notes that in 2013 the county government raised construction permit fees by between 200 and 1,250 times compared to the previous year. Kenya Property Development [...]

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Shelter Afrique shifts focus to MFIs to address deficit in low cost housing

  Shelter Afrique shifts focus to MFIs to address deficit in low cost housing

Nairobi, 31March 2014:  Pan-African housing development financier Shelter Afrique is courting Microfinance institution, MFI as it seeks to address the perennial inadequate housing to the lower pyramid, Director of Shelter [...]

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Kenya unveils plan to improve capacity of local contractors

  Kenya unveils plan to improve capacity of local contractors

NAIROBI, KENYA: The Government has initiated programmes that seek to improve the competence of local contractors to enable them participate fully in its tenders. The move seeks to ensure that local contractors [...]

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Why there’s a fuss and fight over cement

  Why there’s a fuss and fight over cement

Kenya: That there has been a property boom in Kenya goes without saying. It is plain for everyone to see. Real estate agents across the country have made money. Land speculators [...]

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Natural Building as a Community Game Changer

  Natural Building as a Community Game Changer

Even though many buildings constructed of natural materials, particularly earth, have stood the test of time, the construction of buildings out of these materials almost completely disappeared during the 20th [...]

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Authority weeds out quacks with mandatory registration of contractors

  Authority weeds out quacks with mandatory registration of contractors

Kenya’s construction sector is now gearing up for a major overhaul. This is as the industry regulator, the National Construction Authority (NCA) registers contractors afresh to weed out unscrupulous individuals. NCA [...]

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Tanzania: Contractors welcome credit bureau

Failure to access finance has been stalling local contractors’ growth and ability to compete in the market as well as pursuing huge projects which could contribute immensely in job creation [...]

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