-Local Government and Housing Minister Emerine Kabanshi says Africa needs to speed up its efforts towards achieving the goal of adequate shelter for all.
Ms. Kabanshi says African countries need to place sustainable human settlements high on each member country’s agenda in order to promote innovative approaches and pro-poor housing policy frameworks.
She says one such forum of addressing inadequate shelter on the African continent is the African ministerial conference on housing and urban development (AMCHUD).
She was speaking in Lusaka today when she officially closed the AMCHUD southern African sub-regional conference.
Ms. Kabanshi commended the countries that participated in the conference which accorded the region an opportunity to implement its resolutions.
The next similar conference will be held in Ndjamena, Chad from 25th to 28th February, 2014.
Ms. Kabanshi has since urged participants, especially the technical committee, to make follow-ups on the region’s commitments in relation to financing of human settlements and legislative frameworks that seek to foster the provision of adequate and affordable shelter for all.
The AMCHUD was attended by acting head permanent at AMCHUD Secretariat Thomas Ogutu, Unhabitat Deputy Executive Director and United Nations Assistant Secretary General Dr. Aisa Kachyira, housing ministers from other member countries, various mayors and council chairpersons from cities and municipalities, town clerks and council secretaries.
Botswana, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and the host Zambia were participating countries.