Ghana and South Africa have teamed together to explore avenues for handling the complex challenges of housing, human settlements and urban development in both countries.
To this end, the Ministry of Works and Housing and South Africa’s Ministry of Human Settlements have signed an agreement to further strengthen their ties in that area.
This came to light when South Africa’s Housing Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi (MP) held a bilateral meeting with Francis Asenso-Boakye, the sector Minister, at his office yesterday in Accra.
The visit comes on the back of fruitful discussions previously held between the two sector Ministers in Poland and South Africa that laid the foundation for the need to explore collaborations, particularly in enhancing the institutional framework for the delivery of housing in both countries.
Addressing the South African delegation, Mr Asenso-Boakye indicated that the complexities involved in housing delivery require not only urgent attention but also innovative solutions dictated by mutual commitments from governments.
“Our joint efforts in pressing issues of slum upgrading, improvement of informal settlements, and the lives of those who inhabit them can have a profound impact on the well-being and living conditions of a significant portion of our populations,” he noted.
For Madam Kubayi, the government of South Africa stands ready to commit to the new partnership that will work to resolve the many myriads of problems in housing delivery in both countries.
“To us, this partnership and commitments also include sharing of experiences, knowledge and best practices in the housing sectors of our countries and how we can practicalize the implementations of what we seek to commit,” Minister Kubayi added.
Minister Kubayi and her delegation are expected to call on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as well engage in other activities, notably a Business Session to be hosted by the Ghana Investments Promotion Centre (GIPC) for housing sector players from both countries.