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The 9th API Summit and Expo has been announced. Senior African property investors, developers and decision makers will meet on the 20th and 21st of September to discuss how to build a smarter future for African real estate.

2018 API Summit and Expo announcedAccording to Summit host, API Events’ MD, Kfir Rusin, this year’s Summit promises to be the most robust and optimistic gathering in recent years, as more than 600 executives representing 250 companies from 30 countries seek to capitalise off 3-4% continent-wide GDP growth, rising commodity prices and greater political stability in Africa’s major bellwether economies. “Africa’s resurgent economies and property markets are increasingly viewed as a smart destination for investors as global business leaders hunt for yields and growth,” he adds.

“This year’s theme, ‘building a smarter future for African real estate’, will build the platform for influential property stakeholders to connect with each other and discuss issues around optimal sizing and restoring global confidence, while also unpacking innovations in building, identifying new funding avenues, and fostering better market transparency.”

This year, the API Summit will see some of Africa’s leading innovators, including Respublica, The Capital Hotel Group and the Zero Carbon Group, delivering case studies on student housing, serviced apartments and prefabricated affordable housing solutions, respectively. Additional case studies and presentations will include presentations by the Washington State Investment Board, the UN General Council on the future of Africa’s cities, Mauritius’ Smart Cities, the first African Index Real Estate Index Fund and insights and panel discussions with Novare, Massmart and Sagaci Research.

“Broll is proud to sponsor what is recognised as the leading real estate seminar within sub-Saharan Africa. The API Summit and Expo is well organised, and provides a range of high-quality content, speakers, and panellists,” says Leonard Michau, the Broll Property Group’s head of African operations.

Bronwyn Corbett, CEO of Grit Real Estate Income Group, says that the most significant factor contributing to a smarter future for African real estate is a change in perception. “In 2018, foreign direct investment, political stability and infrastructure improvements have all been catalysts for creating more depth in Africa’s real estate markets, and the world is slowly figuring out the opportunities present on the continent. Real estate has a big role to play in tapping into these opportunities.”

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