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Hass Group announced that it has signed an agreement worth KSH20bn (US$195mn) with China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) to build the tallest building in Africa, Hass Towers, in Nairobi
Construction of the foundations for Hass Towers is due to start in April 2017. Standing over 300 metres high with 67 storeys,it will be considerably taller than the current record holder, the Carlton Centre in South Africa (at 50 floors and 223m tall). Once complete, this record-breaking mixed-use development will include Grade A offices, a 5-star Hilton hotel, plus a luxury retail and entertainment complex.
In his speech, Mr Hassan, Hass Group Chairman, described the signing as an ‘historic’ event and congratulated CSCEC on winning the contract after a long negotiation and tender process. He said, “It has not been an easy road. They (CSCEC) went through a rigorous tender system which they won over ten international companies including European, Turkish as well as other Chinese competitors. “Hass Group 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. This project will give CSCEC a majestic entry point into Africa.”
Mr Li Mingguang, Vice President of CSCEC Overseas Operations said, “This will be the tallest building in Africa and become a landmark in Kenya. It is sure to drive regional development, promote economic growth, and attract more investment and tourism into Kenya. China State Construction understands the importance of this grand project and is honoured to be chosen as the main contractor.”
The Honourable Mr John O. Odipo, the Counsellor of Kenya’s Embassy in China, and the Commercial Counsellor of Kenya’s Embassy in China, The Honourable Mr Vincent E. Omuse attended the official signing ceremony held at the Kempinski Hotel, Beijing, on 28 February. Also attending the signing ceremony were the Chairman of Hass Petroleum Group, Mr Abdinassir Ali Hassan, Vice Chairman and Co-Founder of White Lotus Inc., Mr Sita Ramachandra Raju Poosapati, Vice President of CSCEC Overseas Operations, Mr Li Mingguang, and Vice President of CSCEC Overseas Operations, Mr Zhang Zhiping.