Greater Engagement of Private Sector in Housing Construction

Luanda — The co-ordinator of the offices of the UN-Habitat in Angola, Thomaz Ramalho, last Monday in Luanda appealed for greater engagement of the private sector in the construction of houses.

Speaking to the press, on the fringes of the conference on the World Habitat Day event, marked on Monday (Oct. 03), under the motto "Housing at the centre", stressed that since 2008 Angola has placed housing at the centre of its development agenda, having for such built several housing projects, thus stimulating the participation of the private sector.

"Angola had an armed conflict that generated migratory dynamics that complicated the construction of housing projects for while, thus bringing about the need for major participation of investors ((in this sector)", emphasised the source.

Thomaz Ramalho said there is a qualitative and quantitative problem in terms of guided private housing construction projects. He went on to clarify that one of the biggest problems is the shanty towns, about which the UN-Habitat intends to see both a preventive and corrective tackling of the matter.

World Habitat Day is celebrated every year in the first Monday of October.