Kenya mulls land reforms to boost supply of affordable housing

Source: Xinhua| 2019-06-26 00:39:35|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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NAIROBI, June 25 (Xinhua) -- Kenya plans to implement a raft of land reforms that will boost supply of affordable housing, officials said on Tuesday.

Chris Obure, chief administrative secretary at Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works said that the housing sector faces various challenges amongst them, high cost of land for housing development leading to a growing housing deficit.

"The government is planning a number of reforms that will facilitate and make it easier for real estate developers to access land through facilitating the identification, registration and transfer to the investors," Obure said during the launch of the second phase of the landmark Everest Park that has been financed by Shelter Afrique, which consists of 200 housing units at Mavoko located approximately 26 km southeast of Kenya's capital city of Nairobi.

Obure said that the government is keen to provide supporting infrastructure and review any impending policy and legislation for ease of delivery of the country's housing agenda which aims to build 500,000 affordable houses by the year 2022.

Obure said that the affordable housing agenda looks to address the challenges in order to provide decent affordable housing in a clean homely environment.

"The agenda can only be achieved by facilitating and challenging the private sector to provide innovative ways of financing construction and use of modern building technologies which utilizes industrial techniques while providing technological transfer," he added.