REAL estate experts and stakeholders are set to brainstorm at the sixth edition of Real Estate Unite scheduled to hold between October 23 and 24, 2017 at Eko Hotel, Lagos. The theme of the two-day event organised by 3Invest, is Africa’s Real Estate: What is New?
A statement by organisers of the annual event, “The Nigerian economy finally seems to be coming out of the recession. The impact on real estate markets, particularly in the retail space, has been clear with many of the country’s larger shopping malls suffering from persistent high vacancy rates as footfall comes under pressure. The impact on the confidence of retailers to expand is self-evident according to Tom Mundy, Director, Research and Strategy, JLL, sub-Saharan Africa.
“Against the backdrop of these pressing issues, industry leaders and investors will unite again for the sixth edition of the annual flagship real estate summit, Real Estate Unite, REU, scheduled to hold October 23 and 24, 2017 at Eko Hotel, Lagos, to exchange views guided by the theme, Africa’s Real Estate: What is New?
Real Estate Unite is the annual flagship event that provides an important platform for the residential, office, retail, healthcare, hospitality and industrial sectors of Africa’s property market to network, learn, transact, showcase and discuss opportunities and issues in global real estate yearly. “The game has changed. Being faced with this new reality, how do we create new sources of growth? Are we rethinking business strategies? What are the new roles and responsibilities? What entirely is New? Solutions will form the basis of this year’s conversations says Ruth Obih, founder, Real Estate Unite and Chief Executive, 3Invest.
The statement added that to throw a spotlight on the economy, Dr. Doyin Salami, foremost economist, and professor at Lagos Business School and second term CBN Monetary Policy Committee member, will through his keynote presentation, give an insightful examination of key trends in the sub-Saharan and global economy with a specific view towards the future direction over the short and medium terms, including the outlook for GDP growth, interest rates and currency performance.
On tackling global issues and its effects, JLL, one of the global leaders in real estate will make a key presentation highlighting the global issues, its effects and solutions for the real estate industry in Africa, the statement said.
Other speakers at the conference sessions include: Deji Alli, Chairman- Mixta Africa, Yemi Idowu – Aircom; Valentine Ozigbo – CEO, Transcorp Hotels; Adeniyi Adeleye – Stanbic IBTC Bank; Obi Nwogugu, Africa Capital Alliance, Ronald Chagoury Jr. Vice President, South Energyx, Hakeem Oguniran – UPDC (Nigeria); Ernest Hanson – Beaufort Properties (Ghana); Tom Mundy – JLL (South Africa); Mustapha Njie – TAF Africa Global (Gambia); Andre Geday, Elalan: Micheal Chudi Ejekam, Bolaji Edu, Broll, Chinwe Ajene-Sagna: JLL, Funke Okubadejo, ACTIS, Chudi Ubosi – Ubosi Eleh & Co, Bola Onajide – FMDQ,.
REU Summit in partnership with W-Hospitality and HTI will launch a dedicated Hotel, tourism and leisure HTL, meeting place for the hospitality community. Real Estate Unite will connect global business leaders and local markets to invest in Nigeria.
The key focus areas for this year’s conversations will include; Annual market and economic update; Global issues and effects on local markets; Emerging disruptions in African Real Estate; Housing Market; Ground breaking technologies built for Africa; SSA future cities and Infrastructure; Healthcare as the most important priority for improving SSA; Capital market trends; Overview of the Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure (HTL) sector in Africa; Retail Revolution; and Office market.
Other features of the summit will include the launch of the Real Estate Unite Network RUN, a platform designed to foster interaction between active local real estate investors, developers, lenders and policy makers with a view to identifying the right partners for your business and building high-value relationships.
“ 2017 Real Estate Unite Conference has been designed to offer the greatest possible value and flexibility to operators, owners, users and players in all sectors of real estate including the residential, office, retail, healthcare, hospitality, logistics, leisure and industrial sectors,” says Ruth Obih-Obuah.
As is the tradition, Real Estate Unite 2017 will also feature exhibitions of latest offerings from Real estate product/service providers to an involved audience (B2B) that includes developers, suppliers, service providers etc. and attracts a wider B2C audience that includes investors, home buyers, occupiers etc.
Key sponsors at this year’s event include ACTIS, Eko Atlantic, JLL, UPDC, Aircom, Stanbic IBTC, Broll, Haven Homes, Elalan, Clifton Homes Ghana, Landwey Investment Ltd, EUC Homes and MP Infrastructure.
Established in 2012, Real Estate Unite is curated by 3INVEST an organization with an advocacy goal to educate, redefine and promote the Sub-Sahara African Real Estate industry, exposing its huge potential for inclusive growth.