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SALHOC’s boss attends UN-Habitat Conference on Housing Market Dynamics

SALHOC’s boss attends UN-Habitat Conference on Housing Market Dynamics

In order to provide a better solution to the challenges facing Africa’s housing problem and offer useful policy recommendations, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the United Nations Habitat Office organized a Two-Day Regional Conference in Dakar, Senegal where housing experts and development finance institutions across the world were brought together to address these emerging challenges.   SALHOC General Manager-Mrs. Lavern Buya-Kamara during the UN-Habitat Regional Workshop in Dakar, Senegal 

During the conference, the General Manager of the Sierra Leone Housing Corporation (SALHOC), Mrs. Lavern Buya-Kamara disclosed SALHOC’s re-invigorated commitment for the actualization of the provision of affordable housing. She further informed the International housing and business experts about the potentials of SALHOC, especially in the area of revitalizing the Building Materials Training Centre to address the production cost conundrum. She also dilated on the out-dated laws on Land Rights and Land tenure affecting Sub Saharan Africa Real Estate Developers.

“Access to land for social housing in the regions is key factor that needs serious consideration for potential investors,” said SALHOC General Manager.

 Speaking on: “Unlocking land supply and providing infrastructure,” Mrs. Buya-Kamara said Sierra Leone has not been able to tap into the resources available by the UN-Habitat and its partners, noting “the African Development Bank has now opened its window on Housing Markets and funding  for the pro-poor who form a bulk of our communities”.  She described the conference on Housing Market Dynamics as timely and one in the right direction to addressing the challenges facing the housing sector in Africa.

She used the platform to appeal for more support, while reiterating that the Government of Sierra Leone should, as part of its post Ebola drive, consider affordable housing as a social issue.

According to Mrs. Buya-Kamara, the conference was not only attractive to academics and other International Non-Governmental Organizations but it also provided a platform for networking UN-Habitat partners.  The Director of Housing in the Ministry of Works, Housing and Infrastructure was also a member of the Sierra Leone delegation.

Meanwhile, the Conference focused on four thematic areas namely: Financing the demand and supply of housing; Unlocking land supply and providing infrastructure; Solving the construction cost and productivity conundrum and Slum upgrading and housing alternatives for the most poor. It was revealed by housing experts that there are three principal challenges currently facing the formal housing sector in Sub-Saharan Africa, among them are: A municipality of existing land tenure regimes and the corresponding lack of clarity; Rapid and low-density urban expansion and the high cost of service provision and the inability of the state to enforce control over land markets.

By SALHOC Communications Unit

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