Seven Issues the African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit will X-Ray

Set to hold in Cape Town from 2-3 November 2016, the African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit will confront the challenges of the sector as well as chart a way forward for building new and sustainable cities across the continent.

The impact of the sector is still very much underwhelming considering its given potential, which is why the professionals are rallying together to give governments and city developers the much needed expert inputs, to secure international investment for commercial real estate development and infrastructure projects that will contribute to Urban Development Plans (UDPs).

Experts that will headline the sessions have excellent track records in the real sector and infrastructure development spheres including The CEO of Wesgro, Tim Harris; the Executive Director of Kampala’s Capital City Authority, Dr Jennifer Musisi; the UCLG-A Secretary General, Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, and Business Botswana Director Lekwalo Mosienyane.

The conference organizers; Spintelligent, a leading Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser, and the African office of Clarion Events Ltd, based in the UK have highlighted seven areas of discourse that are critical to the development and transformation of Africa’s infrastructure landscape. Starting with the keynote address which focuses on dealing with the future and its expected challenges:

· Opening keynote: “Developing the Future of African Cities” – Africa’s population of roughly 1.1 billion is expected to double by 2050. Keynote speakers: Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General UCLG-A, Morocco; Nana Kwame Bediako, President, Founder & CEO, Petronia, Ghana*; Lekwalo Mosienyane, Director, Mosienyane and Partners Int. & President, Business Botswana, Botswana

· “Future Cities revealed – Urban Development Plans” – Some of the continent’s leading cities, including Lusaka, Kigali, Dar es Salaam and Nairobi, have been invited to showcase their UDPs in a discussion format. This will allow for delegates and exhibitors to understand the future plans of developing cities and build business relationships with key city officials including: city managers, city mayors, city council members, town planners, town clerks, district officials and city and finance directors amongst others.

· Africa’s finest: A review of successful city development projects – – Building a new face for Kampala – A case study of how good governance, improved city revenue collection and service delivery are transforming Kampala into a vibrant, attractive and sustainable city. Speaker: Dr Jennifer Musisi, Executive Director, Kampala, Capital City Authority, Uganda

· Kigali developments – A case study on master planning work in Kigali for a significant new residential/mixed use development. Speaker: Guy Briggs, Director/ Head of Urban Design, dhk, South Africa

· What makes an $800-billion project in Africa: Modernising Luanda – the international award winning General Master Plan for Luanda City (2030 Luanda Plan) outlines the sustainable transformation and development plans. How intelligent city planning can bring about real improvements in the lives of Angolan citizens. Speakers: Eng. Neusa Ingles,Project Manager, Urbinveste, Angola, Phil Bonds, Director of Urban Design, Broadway Malyan, United Kingdom, Eng. Jose Miranda, Regional Director Africa, Aurecon, South Africa

· “The Western Cape: The new hub for local and international investment” Cape Town is fast becoming a destination of choice for foreign investors looking to expand their operations in Africa. How the market is shaping towards international investment and which opportunities are available. Speaker: Tim Harris, CEO, Wesgro, South Africa.

. “Making African cities of tomorrow inclusive” More than half the world’s population now live in cities and this proportion will continue to increase rapidly to reach 70% by 2050. How cities are created that are inclusive of all those who live in them through their design, layout, technological innovations and social impact. Speakers: Albert Smuts, Director, Fieldworks Design Group, South Africa, Mokena Makeka, Founder & Principal, Makeka Design Lab, South Africa, Kecia Rust, Director & Founder, Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa/Secretariat to the African Union for Housing Finance, UN Habitat, South Africa, Vanessa Watson, Professor of City and Regional Planning, School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, University of Cape Town, South Africa, Amine Turki, Secretary General, Africa Union of Architects, Tunisia. Moderated by: Tim Harris, CEO, Wesgro.

For stakeholders on the continent and beyond, it is one major summit not to miss out on, and hopefully the outcomes of the summit will help to provide more traction for infrastructure investment and development in Africa.

Source: Footprint to Africa

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