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StarTimes Confirms That Plans To Build HQ In Nairobi Are Still Underway

In July 2014 China’s StarTimes Group hosted a ground-breaking event in the Nairobi suburb of Karen and announced plans to build its African headquarters in the Kenyan city.
Since then, progress towards the construction of the project has been painfully slow.

However, at a recent event in Beijing, the company’s Group VP, Guo Ziqi said that plans to construct the Ksh6.9 billion ($68.2 million) African hub were still in progress and on course.

The recommitment follows the emergence of local reports stating that Kenya might lose the multi-billion project to either Nigeria or Tanzania because of its delayed approval.

Guo said that StarTimes’ plan to build its African headquarters in Nairobi as announced in 2014 by the group’s President Pang Xinxing is still on course. He confirmed that StarTimes is still in talks with the Kenyan government about how the project should be implemented, and assured the public that the plan had not been aborted.

Upon completion, the new hub would coordinate operations in 14 other African markets that are currently reporting directly to Beijing.

The headquarters would also serve as a digital TV development and research centre for broadcast television and film, as well as a training facility.

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