Real estate financer Shelter-Afrique partners with Togo to build low-cost housing units

TOGO – Shelter-Afrique, a real estate finance institution, and the Togolese government have announced the building of 3,000 low-cost housing units in Lomé.

Shelter-Afrique, a pan-African finance institution, committed to partially finance the project and, as lead arranger, mobilize other investors to secure the remaining amount. For its part, the Togolese government will provide the needed land, infrastructure, and tax incentives for its smooth realization.

This is in a context where the housing deficit in the Togolese capital surged over the past decade, due to population growth and accelerated urbanization. 

“The Memorandum of Understanding we just signed with Shelter-Afrique marks a new stage in our partnership and it will be crucial to reach our housing target for 2025.”

Koffi Tsolenyanu – Minister, Togo

The project will be developed under a public-private partnership (PPP). The related agreement was recently inked in Nairobi, Kenya, by both parties involved.

This initiative lines up with Lomé’s ambition to build 20,000 social housing units by 2022, a deadline that was extended to 2025 due to Covid-19.

Through this major PPP, Lomé reaches a new milestone in its social housing program – one of the key components of the National Development Plan (PND).

Commenting on the development, Shelter Afrique said it intends to use the Togolese PPP model as a springboard to expand its investments and interventions in the social housing sector, in Africa.

This, the firm added, is in a context where the continent is said to record a housing shortage of 56 million units, 90% of which fall under the affordable housing category.

“The Memorandum of Understanding we just signed with Shelter-Afrique marks a new stage in our partnership and it will be crucial to reach our housing target for 2025,” said Koffi Tsolenyanu, Togo’s Minister of Urbanism, Housing and Land Reform.

In Togo, the latest data shows that the government has built more than 20,000 housing units since 2005. In 2018, the National Social Security Fund (CNSS), which provides medium and high-end housing, launched a vast project to build 599 housing units called Résidence Renaissance. The total cost for the project is estimated at more than 91 billion FCFA.

Shelter-Afrique exclusively supports the development of the African real estate and housing sector. Through its strategic partnerships, it offers products and related services which support the efficient delivery of commercial real estate and affordable housing.

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