25 Sep Flashback: Affordable Housing Forum – “Changing lives and communities in Africa”
Affordable Housing Forum – “Changing lives and communities in Africa”
Wednesday 10 May 2017, Crawford House Partnership, Liverpool, UK
Background of the Conference
The conference was jointly organised by the Merseyside African Council (MAC), Liverpool Commonwealth Association (LCA) in partnership with other agencies and partners across the Liverpool city region and beyond. The conference was organised against the backdrop of the growing populations and urbanisation in Africa. Below is write-up of the conference:
Populations are growing and urbanisation seems to be spanning out of control. Over 13% of the world’s population currently lives in slums. With the rapid urbanisation of emerging market cities across the globe, this number is expected to reach almost 25% of the world’s population by 2030. Africa’s land mass of 30.22 million square kilometers compares favourably with other major economies (USA, China, India, France, UK, Germany and others) at 30.102 million square kilometers but in Saharan Africa alone there are expectations that as much as 76% of the projected 1.1 billion population will be living in slums by 2030 if current market conditions persists.
Housing demand is fast out spacing supply. Exacerbating this problem is the housing shortage for middle-low income individuals in emerging market cities. The most extreme example is Nigeria where a 17 million unit housing gap exists and is growing at a rate of 780,000 units annually. Enormous back logs also exist in other countries: Kenya over 2 million units, Uganda 1.6 million units, Ghana 1.2 million units, Zambia 1.3 million units and Rwanda 350,000 units.
It is the view of social policy analysts and experts that the ability to own and live in a decent and affordable home has drastically enhanced the health, social and economic well-being of people around the world. This forum will bring together great minds, leaders, experts and practitioners already in the field, investors, entrepreneurs, representatives from African/Commonwealth governments and others to explore these issues and the huge opportunities available to those who wish to do business in Africa.
Who should attend this Forum?
Anyone interested in Housing and Social policy and Africa including:-
- African Commonwealth High Commissioners
- African Ambassadors
- Housing and Urban Planning Policy analysts/experts
- Decision makers in governments/industries
- Public/General/Social Housing providers
- Construction and supply companies
- Finance and Banking Sector/others
- Developers/Consultants, etc
Speakers will include:
Representatives from a number of High Commissions from Commonwealth nations, Chief Executive Officers from Housing industries, academia, businesses, media, local and central governments, etc.Workshops topics:
Government and Housing Policies in Africa
Current trends/developments in Social Housing in Africa
Finance and Investment-how safe is your investment?
Current Funding options for Housing projects in Africa
Building designs & cost- a comparison with the UK
Why attend this forum?
African Governments are providing enabling environments for development and investment opportunities to flourish. At this forum you will be able to hear, learn more, exchange views and engage directly with people in authority, decision makers, energy and infrastructure organisations and investors already on the ground doing business in some of these countries. You will exchange knowledge as to how you could be involved in these exciting developments, opportunities for investment and growing your business or influence.
Programme for the Day
9.50 am – Arrival/Registration/tea/Coffee
10.00 am – Welcome and introduction to the Day
Lord Lt. Dame Lorna Muirhead: Her Majesty’s Lord Lt. of Merseyside.
Chief Angus Chukuemeka: Chairman Crawford House & Vice Chairman, Liverpool Commonwealth Association (LCA)
Cllr. Richard Kemp: Leader Liberal Democrats Group, Liverpool City Council
Cllr. Gary Millar: Chairman Liverpool Commonwealth Association (LCA), Asst. Mayor-Liverpool City Council
10.15 am – Background & Introduction to the Conference
Alfred Salami: Chairman Merseyside African Council (MAC), Chairman Conference Committee, Liverpool Commonwealth Association (LCA)
10.30am – Social Housing Structure & Affordable Housing in Britain.
Tracey Gore CEO: Steve Biko Housing Association
Dr. Roy Williams Group CEO: SOVINI Group
11.00am – Projects Designs, Finance, Investment & Funding Options
Edward Greenhalgh CEO: EEG Consultants
Babatunde Aina, MD: Numerix Development Ltd, Nigeria
Eunice Ude CEO: Financial & Investment Consultants-Abuja, Nigeria
Robin Bonnerjee, CEO: Prefab Building & Design Companies, Holland
11.45 am – Coffee/tea Break/Refreshment
12.00 pm – Special Presentations:Opportunities-Why Africa
Kofi Addo, Head of Trade & Investment, Office of the High Commission for Ghana
High Commissioner YAMINA KARRITANYI
High Commission for the Republic of Rwanda
High Commissioner DUMSILE T SUKATI
Kingdom of Swaziland
Acting High Commissioner ADAH SIMON OGAH
High Commission for the Federal Republic of Nigeria
13.00 pm – LUNCH
Courtesy of PAL Multicultural Centre, 60 Mulgrave Street, Liverpool L8
14.00 pm – Group Discussions/Workshops
15.00 pm – Panel Discussions
16.00 pm – End of Conference/Networking