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Singapore’s Surbana International Consultants has been chosen as the master planner for Kinshasa, capital of DR Congo
According to the contract, Surbana International Consultants will provide a regional structure plan for Kinshasa Province (which spans an area of 9,900 sq km) and a detailed master plan for Kinshasa City.
Surbana CEO Pang Yee Ean said, “We are delighted to secure this job with DR Congo. This is Surbana’s largest master planning project and ninth in Africa to date. We are glad that Surbana is becoming recognised as the master planning and urbanisation consultant of choice in the African sub-continent. Our track record of delivering quality and workable master plans which enable cities to grow economically and socially, is paying dividends as more and more African countries approach us to help them with their urbanisation plans. We are committed to delivering a master plan that meets the city’s unique social, economic and cultural aspirations in the next few decades.”
The contract was secured through an international public tender, in collaboration with its partner Greater Kingdom Ltd (GK). The master plan aims to address complex urban conditions of the city owing to its size, population, environmental sustainability concerns, as well as other socio-economic aspects such as housing and employment.
The master plan will take a year and two months to complete. An additional six months will be taken in order to assist the Kinshasa Provincial Government in building up their institutional capacity. As part of the contractual agreement, Surbana will be setting up a local project office in Kinshasa.
The capital city of DR Congo is the third largest urban space in Africa, after Lagos and Cairo. Surbana has worked on projects in Burundi, South Africa, Congo-Brazzaville, Angola, Rwanda, Nigeria, Mauritius and Tanzania.