35th AGM & Symposium
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Background of the 35th AGM

Introduction

The story and evidence of a rising middle class abound in Sub-Sahara Africa’s largest cities. However, there is another story: uncomfortable and increasingly often less told. The story of Africa’s urban poor. According to World Bank data on Income Inequality in Sub-Sahara Africa, about 42.7 % of the urban population live on less than US$2/day. 67% live on less than US$3.10/day.

Almost universally, housing supply has failed to respond to the need of the urban poor with the cost of new housing including those built by Government Agencies significantly in excess of what this segment of the population can afford. The consequence is the rapid growth of informal settlements, slums on the edge of Africa’s major cities with obvious consequences for economic development, health, safety and security.

As Africa’s primary Housing Development Finance Institution, this challenge presents an opportunity for Shelter Afrique to lead a result focused debate on how the housing market can be made to work for the more than 300m Africans including women and children who with incomes less than US$1/day live in informal and often unsafe homes.

As part of an integrated set of activities, a Symposium with the following objectives will mark the beginning of this important

Symposium Objectives
The Symposium will have the following key objectives:

  • Explore and introduce the audience to current approaches and innovations in planning and designing affordable housing for Urban Low Income earners;
  • Showcase a range of construction methodologies appropriate for implementing affordable housing for people on low income;
  • Explore Financing Options and Structures for Low Income Housing Projects

VISITORS TO NIGERIA

Abuja is the capital city of Nigeria, and is the meeting point of Nigeria’s diverse culture. For more information about Abuja, please visit: http://services.gov.ng/es/ntdc

During the rainy season (March to October), the average day time temperature is 30 – 38 degrees Celsius. The Regional Meeting venue is air conditioned with maintained temperature in the range of 23-24 degrees Celsius (72-73 degrees Fahrenheit).

Standard time in Abuja is GMT+1 hours.

ARRIVAL AT THE AIRPORT

Almost all participants will arrive at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (ABV), about 45 kilometres from the city centre. It takes 25–30 minutes by car from the Central Business District to the airport.

Official delegations will be received by the Nigerian Protocol Team at ABV. Transportation will be provided to convey them to their hotels. Individual cars will be made available to Ministers and Heads of Delegations.

There are organized and registered airport cabs that can take you from the airport to the city centre or to your hotel. Cab fare to the city centre is from NGN3,000 to NGN5,000 (three thousand to five thousand Nigerian Naira, or about USD15 to USD25, depending on where you are going). You can also get taxis for lower fare if you stand near the airport exit, though this is not advisable if you are visiting for the first time.

 

VISA REQUIREMENTS

It is the responsibility of each delegate to obtain a visa for Nigeria. Please communicate with the closest Embassy or a Consulate of Nigeria for more information. In exceptional cases the host country will make arrangements to issue entry visas at the point of entry for those who are unable to obtain one before arrival. Please direct such requests to Mr. Tunde Oyateru, the local focal point for this event, (+254 733623569 boyateru@shelterafrique.org) and Ms. Edna Tobi (+234 8033051952 ednatobi@hotmail.com).

Please note that you will be expected to pay for your visa upon arrival at the airport.

Arrangements have been made with Nigerian embassies worldwide to facilitate visa requests for the AGM

 

HEALTH CARE REQUIREMENTS

Prior to entry, visitors to Nigeria should possess a valid health certificate for yellow fever. Vaccination against cholera is also required for any person who has visited or transited a cholera-infected area within six days prior to arrival in the country

 

ACCESS TO THE CONFERENCE VENUE

CONFERENCE VENUE

Name: Transcorp Hilton
Address: 1 Aguiyi Ironsi St, Abuja 900001, Nigeria.

All participants need to be registered prior to the meeting in order to be allowed access. Those who registered online can collect their ID Badges at the registration counter. Those who would like to register on-site must fill out the appropriate registration forms to receive their ID badge. Registered participants will be screened and are advised not to bring weapons, ammunition, flammable items, or sharp objects. Participants must present their passport (for international participants) or identification card (for national participants) to collect their ID badge.

WHERE TO PICK-UP YOUR BADGE?

The main Registration Centre is located at the meeting Venue.

OFFICIAL DAYS OF THE ABUJA REGIONAL MEETING

May 31st- Registration – 09:00am-17:00pm
June 1st- Symposium – 08:00am-17:00pm
June 2nd- AGM – 09:00am – 14:00pm

VIP BADGES FOR MINISTERS AND HEADS OF DELEGATIONS

Ministers and Heads of Delegations will be issued non-photo badges, provided that they are pre-registered. Their badges will be available as from Tuesday May 31st.

PARTICIPANTS

 

  • All member states of Shelter Afrique
  • Representatives of Interested state governments and Ministry, Department and Agencies
  • Representatives of intergovernmental organizations
  • Individual experts and consultants in the field of affordable and low cost housing
  • Media members accredited by the Federal Ministry of Power, Housing and Works

 

THE EVENT

The official programme will include two Keynotes and panel sessions that include leading experts in the field of low income housing, and senior officials of member states.

SIDE EVENT

Side events provide a platform for governments, civil society organizations, private sector, community representatives, international and national organizations, academia, international and regional finance Institutions, and other United Nations entities to debate, showcase, or present their views on sustainable urban development, as well as specific projects.

The African Union STC8 sub-committee on Human Settlements and Urban Development (HUD) will hold a side event, this Side Event will take place on the 31st May 2016

INTERPRETATIONS

The Shelter Afrique Annual General Meeting & Symposium will be held in English, with translations available in French.

HOTELS & ACCOMMODATION
MEDICAL SERVICES
MONEY AND BANKING
OTHER INFORMATION
Mr Joe Muturi
Madam Anna Tibaijuka

Panel 1 ——————————————-

Prof Olumide Okusanya
Loren Zanin
Siku Nkhoma

Panel 2 ——————————————-

Frank Daphnis
Olivia Caldwell
Bocar Sy

Registration is closed.