The Nairobi Metropolis 2030 #PreviewOfThings

This is an introductory post on the Nairobi Metropolitan Region and its Significance:


Nairobi Metropolitan Region(NMR) is the connecting point of North-South and East-WestTrans African Highway (TAH). It is strategically located and can thus play a significant role in the economies of the region and Kenya as a whole.

The North-South TAH is 8,860 Kilometres long and runs from Cairo to Gaborone to Cape Town while the East-West TAH is 6,260 kilometres long and runs from Lagos to Mombasa.


As a city, Nairobi contributes about 50% to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Kenya and accounts for the largest proportion of the wage employment in the country at 44.3% (CBS,2003)

However, the Nairobi Metropolitan Region is a far greater and ambitious strategic move by the Government of Kenya in Spartial Planning and Urban Rejuvenation. It includes the city of Nairobi (which is merely 32,000 sq.Km) and the surrounding 14 local authorities that is:

  • 4No. County Councils:  Kiambu, Olkejuado, Thika and Masaku
  • 6No. Municipal Councils : Ruiru, Thika ,Kiambu , Mavoko, Machakos and Limuru
  • 4No. Town Councils : Kikuyu, Karuri, Kajiado and Kang’undo.

The Nairobi Metropolitan Vision christened Metro 2030 seeks among other things to embrace a suite of policies, Plans and Regulations that will be realized through 7 Key result Areas. I must admit that the city fathers have truly thought out some goodstuff and things are bound to be better.

In the coming days/years, we shall see the Nairobi Metropolis experience growth in a more faster and accelerated rate than we have ever seen in its previous existence.

Ceteris Paribus, there shall be heavy capital investments in the Built Environment which comprises mainly of Buildings and Infrastructure so that the metropolis develops the following 7 Key Result Areas (KRA):

  1. An internationally competitive and Inclusive economy for prosperity
  2. World Class Infrastructure and Utilities
  3. Optimized Mobility & Connectivity through Effective Transportation
  4. Enhanced Quality of Life
  5. A Unique image and identity through Effective Place Branding
  6. World Class Governance System
  7. A Safe and Secure region


Nairobi is bound to become a new Hub of Economic Activities and we need to get ready and think ahead TO EMBRACE THE OPPORTUNITIES.

There shall be caused to be created New Town, New Cities, New Roads and new land use patterns.

A shift is coming.

It is projected that by the year 2030, Nairobi alone shall bear a population of about 6,585,959 people and the greater NMR region approximately 12,426,338 people. As at the year 2007, the population of the NMR was about 6.2 million people. This has a lot of implications to those “thinking ahead”

There shall be a re-alignment of the whole landscape and it will not be “Business as Usual”. For example, looking at the economic activities, there shall be

  • A logistic hub and freight complex (proposed to be located between Kajiado County Council and Masaku County Council)
  • A regional Financial Hub within Nairobi
  • Manufacturing, Industrial, and Technology Parks (Including Medi-City, IT Hubs, Entertainment City, Metal Parks and Theme Based Parks)
  • New regional Centres and Urban Extyensions

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”-Albert Einstein


I shall be posting details on “where the city is going” with a view to enlighten those who are thinking ahead. I believe in Vision and people being determined to embrace new opportunities and frontiers. Change is the only thing that is constant and we must re-align ourselves with the New Vision of the City.

“The ultimate aim of production is not production of goods but the production of free human beings associated with one another on terms of equality”- Jon Dewey


1. Nairobi Metro 2030: A World Class African Metropolis, Ministry of Nairobi Metropolitan Development, Government of the Republic of Kenya, 2008








2. Data from the recently concluded 46th ISOCARP International Congress. Nairobi – Kenya, 19-23 September 2010

-David Nahinga.| @UjenziBora


~ by ujenzibora on October 9, 2010.

2 Responses to “The Nairobi Metropolis 2030 #PreviewOfThings”

  1. This is a good idea whose time has indeed passed. Passed because it entails going back to the planning basics, getting an efficient system in the Local Gvt working like clock work. And most importantly, the infrastructure and the people. No matter how well the town is planned and super the infrastructure is, the people give life to a town, a city or even to a metropolis. Investment in the people who will reside or work therein needs to be carried out.

    But most important, the fact that Nairobi cannot just sleep on its laurels…. the new counties that will be set up soon will most definitely make a stab at Nairobi’s wish to be the hub of everything. Read, Kiambu will take Thika and its environs ditto Machakos and Ngong/Kajiado….. denying Nairobi much needed revenue…….. thinking outside the box will keep Nairobi ahead… for how long, that, only time will tell.

    • Thank you for your comment. There was a Spartial Planning competition of sorts sponsored by the government through the Ministry of Nairobi Metropolitan Development whose projections are oustanding. One word comes to mind>> “Re-Position” A shift is about to happen. I will blog on some other details once i have opportunity Kind regards @UjenziBora

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