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Keynote address: Locating housing finance in investor agendas – Richard Tait, Managing Director, Afrasia Corporate Finance.
With more than 46 cities in Africa swelling to populations of a million people or more — and 17 of the world's 100 fastest-growing cities located in Africa — there is an acute need to develop housing solutions for so many urban residents. But raising the capital to meet that growing demand for housing remains a significant challenge. In 2013, the African Union for Housing Finance (AUHF) will host a conference under the theme "Raising Capital for Housing Finance.” The Africa-China Urban Initiative will organize a conference panel discussion on "Understanding (and harnessing) Chinese investment interest." Chinese investment in residential development in Africa is increasingly having an impact and demonstrating a track record of opportunity and experience. Panelists invited include Chinese investors setting out their experiences and expectations for the market and an African corporation that has received Chinese financing.