South African engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Zutari has opened its East African office in Nairobi to serve the entire region, following the receipt of a license from the Kenyan Government.
This comes amid growing diplomatic relations between Kenya and South Africa, including a mutual visa-free agreement and engagements to address trade barriers.
Zutari CEO Teddy Daka says, “East Africa has long been identified as a growth area for Zutari, with Kenya at the centre of our expansion initiatives into the region.”
The firm has already been involved in projects such as Two Rivers Mall and the Kenya Water Security and Climate Resilience Project and aims to grow its presence through engagements with government agencies such as KeNHA, KeRRA, and KURA in transport infrastructure improvement.
Other areas of interest include intelligent transport systems and private-public partnership projects. To ensure compliance with the Kenyan Engineers Act (2011), Zutari is registered with the Engineers Board of Kenya (EBK).
Paul Lombard, Regional Director of East Africa at Zutari, comments, “We are proud of the impact our Nairobi office has unlocked through its many infrastructure feats over multiple decades of operating in Kenya.”
In 2017, Zutari was appointed as an implementation support consultant for a sub-component of the World Bank-funded KWSCRP-1. The project aimed to finance critical investments in Kenya’s water sector.
Zutari completed its first project in Kenya in 1995 and now has over 20 Kenyan engineering consultants and advisors working from its Nairobi office on projects across East Africa.
To date, it has been involved with 100+ infrastructure projects in Kenya.