Leading Pan-African finance institution, Shelter Afrique, UN Habitat and the African Union of Housing Finance will lead a host of major players in the real estate sector at the 12th Abuja International Housing Show.

The Largest housing show/ construction expo on the continent will hold at the International Conference Centre Abuja between 16 and 19 July this year.

The Show’s Director of Media, Flora Anne, who also is the anchor of Housing TV on AIT told Housing News that some of the new collaborators are the African Association of Interior Designers, Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, Nigerian Housing Finance Programme, Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria, Mortgage Bankers Association of Nigeria, Nigeria Institute of Building, Association of Housing Corporation of Nigeria, Housing Development Advocacy Network and the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council.

Others expected at the Show are Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, OPIC Investment USA, Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company (NMRC) and over 300 Exhibitors from 10 Countries.

The Guest Speakers for the housing finance section of the 12th Abuja Housing Show are drawn from the World Bank, African Union of Housing Finance, Central Bank of Nigeria, Shelter Afrique Kenya, Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company, UN Habitat, OPIC Investment USA, Mortgage Warehouse Funding Limited among others.

The Director said it is time to have a policy dialogue on the way forward with all stakeholders, professional bodies, policy makers in Nigeria.

She  noted further that “an important component of Abuja International Housing Show’s strategic plan is its public policy education and advocacy goal which is to support efforts to promote policies- both legislative and regulatory-aimed at improving housing opportunities for those in need. The Show engages every level of an Organization as well as our experience to develop and promote national, state and local policies aimed at narrowing the housing affordability gap of affordable homes for low income persons and stabilize communities. We will work with other stakeholders, practitioners and advocates to advance our goal.”

Flora added that the Show continues to occupy a unique position of being able to directly communicate a stakeholder’s perspective with three decades experience (the promoters) developing, financing and managing affordable housing.

This year’s event has as its theme- Driving Growth and sustainability in Nigeria Housing and Mortgage Markets-improving structures and policies for impact.

The Housing Show that has now taken international dimension is being organized by Housing Development Programme on AIT with the collaboration of Mortgage Banking Association of Nigeria, African Union of Housing Finance, Nigeria Housing Finance Programme, Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria, National Assembly Committee on Housing and Africa Association of Design Architects.

The Show will witness over 350 exhibitors with over 15,000 participants.

Adeleke Samuel, Housing News

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