Attending this year’s Abuja International Housing Show (AIHS) are top dignitaries like Vice President of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osinabjo; Senate President Ahmed Lawan; Speaker of House of Reps Femi Gbajabiamila; Governor Nasir El-rufai of Kaduna state; Mohammed Bala of Bauchi state; Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state; Godwin Obaseki of Edo state; Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state, and many more.
With over 40, 000 participants and 400 + exhibitors, the importance of this year’s event cannot be overemphasised as Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo will also attend, alongside top public officials, governors, ministers, legislators, commissioners, all housing and construction association leaders and private sector CEOs to declare the event open.
The 13th edition of Abuja International Housing Show will be presenting a premium platform of learning and networking for all stakeholders in housing and construction from 23rd to 26th July 2019 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
At this year’s edition, international housing expert, Debra Erb of Overseas Private Investment Corporation, USA, will lead a strong delegation of international investors and experts to Nigeria for an event that will have the most impact in the country’s housing and construction industry.
The show has been reckoned as the number one place for highest number of international experts in housing and construction, sharing their experience and knowledge on the best ways to finance affordable housing, mortgage and construction.
Over 30 speakers from at least 15 countries will be speaking at this year’s event. The speakers who are drawn from reputable institutions like mortgage banks, real estate companies, housing regulatory agencies, construction companies, housing finance firms etc. and from various countries including USA, UK, South Africa, Kenya, Morocco, India, China, UAE, Ghana, Rwanda etc. will speak on this year’s theme which is; ‘’Driving Sustainable Housing Finance Models in the Midst of Global Uncertainty.’’
Top among the international guest list at this year’s edition includes, Lew Shulman, the CEO and Chairman of The Board, iBUILD Global Incorporated, USA; Debra Erb, Managing Director of Housing Programs for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation; Kecia Rust, Executive Director and founder of the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF); Anders Lindquist, Founder and President, Business Development at EchoStone housing; Robert Hornsby, CEO of American Homebuilders of West Africa (AHWA); Olivia Caldwell, Principal at the Affordable Housing Institute (AHI); Mounia Tagma, Regional Manager, Affordable Housing Institute, Morocco; Andrew Chimphondah, MD of Shelter Afrique, and many more.
Foreign ministers of works and housing like Samuel Atta Akyea from Ghana and others from countries like Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa and many more have confirmed participation for this year’s event. This delegation also includes international diplomats and high commissioners representing governments and international organisations. These high level participants will hope to adapt whatever resolutions that had been agreed upon at the show in their respective countries and organisations for the advancement of housing and construction initiatives.
The show will also host international exhibitors of housing and construction wares, affordable mortgage, building construction materials, home interior decorations, home and office furniture, roofing sheets, blinds, tiles, mixing and interlocking machines, paints, home lighting, cement and many more innovations in the global industry.
International contractors, investors, developers and mortgage banks will also participate at the show to favourably compete in an atmosphere of excellence, innovation and creativity where bargains are very affordable for the buyers.
High level sessions like the CEOs Forum, Housing Finance Conference and Stakeholders Panels, among others will dominate this year’s show with the mandate of establishing realisable goals and objectives for housing development.
The participation of top government dignitaries is highly anticipated because the show has a history of identifying critical areas of policy intervention in Nigeria which includes, Land Use Act, Reviewing the National Housing Fund, Affordable Housing Legislations, Law to Enable Housing Sector Regulation, Legislation on Mortgage Interest Rates and Stakeholders’ Engagement.
By Ojonugwa Felix Ugboja
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