Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Ghana hosts housing, finance conference

AfricaNews - All is set for the 2007 African Union for Housing Finance (AUHF) conference aimed at formulating strategies for innovative housing finance products in Accra, Ghana on Monday, September 17.

The Accra Conference would also focus on a training programme as well as AUHF Annual General Meeting (AGM), the Ghana Housing Finance Association (GHFA) Executive Secretary Mr. Philip Odetsi-Martey, has stated.
The conference is under the theme: “The future of sustainable housing finance system towards affordable housing and infrastructure.”
Mr Odetsi-Martey said the conference would identify challenges and potentials for micro housing finance to support upgrading activities such as affordable housing and infrastructure.
He said about 150 delegates and resource persons are expected from Africa and beyond to attend the Accra conference.
Participating countries would include South Africa, Kenya, Mauritius, Tanzania, and Mozambique. Others are Botswana, Malawi, Nigeria, Gambia, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.
The rest are Rwanda, Germany, India, Canada, The Netherlands, USA and Ghana.
The AUHF AGM/Conference and Housing Finance Training Programme are being sponsored by HFC Bank, IFC and CMHC of Canada, FMO of The Netherlands, the Ghana Housing Finance Association and other local and international agencies.
The training programme preceding the AGM/Confab would focus on various topics under “Loan Origination and Servicing in Effective Housing Finance Management”.
Speakers will comprise policymakers and representatives of the World Bank among other stakeholders.

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