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.

2017 Key Findings

  1. It’s a tenant’s market! Tenants are securing much more favorable leasing terms from prospective landlords with flexible and concessionary conditions across the continent.
  2. Local property ecosystems must emerge to take over from where the big- ticket, mostly foreign, private equity-funded pioneers have left off.
  3. Even amidst economic downturns, African economies have the ability to change – and adapt almost instantly allowing for shorter down cycle periods relative to more mature markets.
  4. There is a definite need for debt restructuring for projects conceived in earlier, more positive, business environments on very different numbers.
  5. Access to more patient and local capital will help bolster the market and allow developers to create more affordable and tailored products for local markets.
  6. The potential pension fund allocation to real estate is growing and presents a massive opportunity to deepen Africa’s capital markets and fuel future real estate developments.
  7. There has been a shift in size and design of commercial office buildings with tenants and occupier requiring smaller and more affordable workspaces.
  8. The long awaited industrial sector is finally lifting off with some state-of-the-art logistics and industrial warehouses now being supplied in certain cities across Africa.
  9. Decentralization is a key trend due to restricted and congested CBD’s and unplanned developments.9. Decentralization is a key trend due to restricted and congested CBD’s and unplanned developments.
  10. Traditional retail is the only network with enough capillarity to reach all segments of the population meaning ‘informal’ retail will remain dominant for years to come.
  11. International retailers (South African and European mainly) will keep investing and entering different countries albeit with more adaptive models for local realities.
  12. There is a need to expand the current tenants base and diversify and increase the number of tenants available through the development of more affordable / low-cost retail centers.
  13. To grow economically as they are growing in size, Africa’s cities must open their doors to the world and build credible institutions to govern the transfer, valuation, and use of land.
  14. Technology will be the main disruptive influence on business in Africa – much of the way we conduct business will be fundamentally different over the next decade.
  15. Great need to develop local workforce and centralizing contractors as the cost to import skilled labor may take up significant portion of project costs.
  16. There is a high value for deals as great deals are difficult to find. and there is an issue with the quality of security offered against lending across the continent.