US construction magnate to launch Nairobi office

A US firm involved in the management of mega-construction projects is set to open its first sub-Saharan Africa office in Nairobi by June.

Hill International, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, manages construction projects in transport, energy, oil and gas, telecommunications and technology sectors.

The Kenyan representative office will serve east Africa region.

“We are looking for a local company with which to enter a joint-venture agreement. We want to be in operation by June,” Hill International business development manager vice president for sub-Saharan Africa Emmanouil Konstantas told the Business Daily in an interview.

“The Kenyan office will be the nerve centre for our expansion in sub-Saharan Africa,” he added.

The interest in the local market underlines Kenya’s position as an investment hotspot, which has attracted global firms seeking to expand into neighbouring nations.
Hill said it was keen to manage infrastructure projects ranging from airports, roads, internet, energy and oil and gas.

The firm has managed multi-billion dollar projects, including nuclear plants in the US, the City of Arabia in Dubai and and SmartCity in India.