2018 AGENDA

The WAPI agenda is curated with careful consideration, after a process of research, discussion and the expertise of our team, sponsors and partners. Each presentation and discussion aims to speak to this goal by providing a diverse number of topics which allow for deep, nuanced conversation from our high quality speakers. Our team comprises of property professionals with their finger on the pulse of the continent’s developments and an understanding of how best to package these ideas to serve our delegates, partners and sponsors. Our agenda is based on relevant, topical issues facing the region, and we bring together the best voices possible on each subject.

KEY THEMES

FUNDING:
Finding new, innovative, alternative and local sources of funding for the changing needs of developers in West Africa. In this new era of building to market demand and need; we explore methods of attracting local capital and funds to complement international investments in the market. We examine the benefits of sovereign wealth and pension funds, as well as Islamic finance on the real estate sector compared to traditional funding and finance schemes.

RETAILER, OCCUPIER & END-USER DEMAND:
Analysing the shift in occupier and end user demand; how can investors and developers adapt their projects and products in a recalibrated market? Will investors and developers heed the lessons of the past, and build according to market demand and opportunity in a market once again flush with oil?

PROPTECH, INNOVATION & BIG DATA:
Moving beyond the hype and providing practical applications for harnessing and accelerating the adoption of proptech to create business efficiencies and actionable big and smart data. How can the industry work together to fast-track the adoption of proptech to enable the industry to close the investment confidence gap?

NON-TRADITIONAL ASSET CLASSES:
As the market continues to shift towards a more sustainable model; there is a growing recognition within the market to explore and develop alternative assets such as co-working spaces, purpose-built student housing, serviced apartments, industrial warehousing and healthcare facilities. Providing solutions to funding and best practice examples of proven and scalable models.

HOUSING:
A holistic overview of the mismatch in housing supply and demand across the economic demographic. A special focus on affordable housing and what innovative financing methods can be utilised to create mortgage products for the middle to lower end of the market, and an analysis of the luxury sector. Is it set to grow again? How are developers recalibrating their model by shifting supply to one and two-bedroom apartments instead of three to five-bedrooms units, is the market ready for this shift?

INFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING & PERMITS:
Examining the benefits of the significant investments made into improving infrastructure from roads, ports, transport and industrial zones. How will these new assets affect city planning, and will the authorities simplify the permit process for locals and investors. Are these changes working, and making the region more investment ready and friendly?

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