Agenda

The API 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.

2018 KEY THEMES

The 2018 API Summit & Expo’s agenda will explore the following themes as it creates a platform for ‘Developing a Smarter Future for African Real Estate over a two-day period for the continent’s key property decision makers.

 

1: SMARTER FUNDING

  •  Hear from lenders, equity providers, DFIs and non-African institutional investors on what they are searching for and what it takes for them to provide funding for real estate development on the continent
  • A look at potential new pools of capital – securitised solutions, Investment funds, REITs, Listings, IPO´s – we investigate them all
  • Building the business case for housing micro-finance in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Reducing the reliance on foreign capital – can Africa’s pension, insurance and social security funds bridge the funding gap?

2: TRADITIONAL VS EMERGING ASSETS

  • Africa’s expanding economies has highlighted the lack of A-Grade industrial and warehousing space – we decode the challenges and prime opportunities
  • We consider affordability, traffic generation, differentiation and development cost reduction in retail – how is this driving the development of a more sophisticated and nuanced retail sector?
  • With increased government support, can the private sector drive the development of innovative building and financing solutions on mass scale housing projects?
  • We evaluate the viability of serviced apartments & student housing through industry leading case studies

3: DATA, VALUATIONS & RELIABILITY 

  • Unpacking the latest published data available – we provide bespoke insights on Africa’s largest and most opaque markets
  • Is this the right data – and how do we create and provide access to market transaction and rental data to improve the case for investing and developing in Africa?
  • Is there an opportunity to create shared value through data for property stakeholders to drive growth and boost yields sustainably?

4: THE SHARED ECONOMY AND SPACE AS A SERVICE:

  •  Is the co-working space revolution really happening? What are the current development models, demand drivers and ROI – how will this impact the office sector?
  • How is demand for customised access to space changing the African real estate development landscape?
  • How are the residential and hospitality markets faring and what are asset owners and developers doing to position themselves accordingly.

5: PROPERTY, ASSET AND RISK MANAGEMENT

  • With traditional models being challenged – we look at the key differences between outsourcing rather than hiring in-house property managers.
  • A further look into implications, risks and dynamics for managing cross border portfolio’s.
  • With changing occupier and retailer demands across the continent, how are property owners and asset managers boosting ROI’s and yields as well as safeguarding their investments in these volatile environments?

6: PROPTECH & DEVELOPMENT INNOVATION

  •  Land titles, liquidity and property management – how blockchain is set to reshape these core facets of real estate
  • How are digital solutions, urban sensing technologies and big data analytics impacting African cities and developments?
  • What sustainable building materials and innovative processes (prefabricated & modular) are being used? How long will it take for these materials and processes take to become conventional?

7: AFRICAN CITIES SMART MOMENT

  • How are Africa’s cities evolving and how is occupier and end-user demand driving future planning?
  • How will the continent’s CBDs survive and thrive, what does the future hold?
  • How are African Smart cities achieving their goal of creating a physical and functional integration and a pedestrian-oriented urban environment? Will Mauritius’ Smart Cities provide the blueprint for Africa?

8: REGIONAL & COUNTRY FOCUS

  •  Anglophone, Lusophone and Francophone: A look at the intricacies of investing, developing and operating in these different and unique environments
  • A review of country and regional specific regulations, expected ROI and sectors of opportunity
  • Regional connectivity: potential effects of inter-African travel on cross border investment and development