Tackling housing crises through new strategies

ALGERIA: As part of its promise to build 1.2 million new homes by 2014, Algeria is partnering with international consortiums to speed up the process and improve quality.

During workshops held on December 2nd in Tipaza, roughly a dozen American housing companies said they were willing to create joint venture companies to implement public housing projects in Algeria on the basis of “local requirements”.

“The American delegation made up of three consortia came to Algeria to form partnerships with Algerian operators to implement part of the public housing programme according to local requirements and standards,” US-Algeria Business Council chief Smail Chikhoune said.

“Our system is capable of constructing large buildings in very short timeframes and we also guarantee long-term maintenance,” Ticon consortium representative Kurt Anderson said. READ MORE…

TANZANIA: Curbing shortages of houses in the country, currently estimated at 3 million will only be achieved through Public Private Partnership (PPP) and not the government alone, Vice-President Dr Mohammed Gharib Bilal, has stressed.

Demand for houses in Tanzania is estimated to be growing at an average of 200,000 housing units per annum and thus requiring huge investments to construct houses for the population.

“The government has taken various measures aimed at reducing the shortages by enacting and amending various legislations to create a conducive environment for the private sector to participate,” Dr Bilal said.

The VP made the remarks in Dar es Salaam yesterday at a ceremony to lay a foundation stone for a 3.5bn/- building for public servants at the Ada Estate area. Upon completion which is expected in February, next year, the seven-storey building, will accommodate 16 families. READ MORE…

image credit: Swiatoslaw Wojtkowiak


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