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AIHS will support the next generation of leaders in affordable housing

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The Africa International Housing Show (AIHS) plans to introduce the Under-40 professionals meetup, tagged “New Generation of Affordable Housing leaders” in this year’s event in Abuja.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja, AIHS convener Festus Adebayo mentioned that one of the novelties for 2023 AIHS is themed "Beyond Rhetorics to Homes: Making Housing Happen," noting the "need to produce the new generation of affordable housing leaders."

According to Adebayo, the purpose of the gathering was to foster growth in the African housing sector by bringing together influential parties from across the continent and beyond to interact, network, and share knowledge about how to address the continent's lack of affordable housing.

He claims that anyone in the real estate and construction industries, including professionals and investors, is welcome at the event. "AIHS serves as a gathering place for top housing CEOs, reputable developers who have established a niche in the market, as well as African producers, manufacturers, and marketers of construction products.

“It is a one-stop platform, where you can solve all your housing and construction problems. It is the umbrella where professionals interact without rivalry. Everyone is given equal opportunities to showcase their capacities and achievements.”

The Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, Family Homes Fund, Nigeria Mortgage Refinancing Company (NMRC), Cosgrove, Brains & Hammers, Modern Shelter, and Mortgage Banking Association of Nigeria, among other organizations, are partners with AIHS, according to him.

“This year’s edition will feature over 21 countries and 32 guest speakers drawn from various leading housing and financial sectors.

At the next Abuja International Housing Show, the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has finalized preparations to host a master class on affordable housing.

Adebayo, who confirmed UNILAG's attendance at the exhibition, stated that the master class was designed to offer academic assistance to professionals working in the housing industry.

The UNILAG Centre for Housing and Sustainable Development master class, according to him, would focus on research for affordable housing policy and delivery in Africa. Developers of affordable homes are the focus of this session. It will offer a forum for discussing academic research findings that might benefit practitioners in housing projects and the policy orientations necessary to enable implementation, the speaker stated.

Additionally, he mentioned that there would be a panel debate on affordable housing featuring seasoned, active scholars. Adebayo said there will be a variety of options offered, with enough of opportunity for discussions aimed at resolving particular problems identified by attendees. Additionally, master class participants should anticipate to receive their credentials at the conclusion of the program.

Source: The Guardian

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