NAIROBI, May 6 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese-built mall is set to open in Kenya in June, the developers said on Friday.
Centum Chief Executive Officer James Mworia told Xinhua in Nairobi that his organization has partnered with Chinese firm AVIC International to develop and construct the Two Rivers Mall project which is a mixed-use development project that sits on 100 acres in Nairobi.
"It will change the landscape of Kenya's real estate sector and will be the biggest mall in East Africa," Mworia said on the sidelines of the media briefing on the upcoming World Economic Forum to be held in Rwanda in May.
The real estate project will provide 850,000 squares meters of developed land. Phase one of the project will cost 250 million U.S. dollars and consists of a 670,000 square feet shopping mall and two office towers totaling 200,000 square feet of office space as well as 1,500 parking bay.
Mworia said that AVIC International were appointed the contractors for infrastructure development as well as for the development of the mall.
"We selected AVIC International because they have the technical capacity to construct large scale projects," he said.
"We have even visited China to see what it is they have done and we were persuaded they were the best contractors for the project," the CEO said.
Mworia added that the project has also benefited the locals.
"Out of the 2,000 workers on the construction site, 90 percent are locals who will receive expertise in construction," he said.