Unleashing the housing sector in Nigeria and in Africa - Keynote speech 6th Global Housing Finance Conference


Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

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Wednesday, 28 May 2014


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Keynote speech delivered by Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Finance Government of Nigeria, at the 6th Global Housing Finance Conference at the World Bank Headquarters, in Washington DC on May 28, 2014. The housing sector stimulates economic growth in most developed economies. Yet in most African economies and in many developing countries the conventional wisdom on the importance of housing seems to be forgotten. Housing has a crucial role to play, particualarly in African countries:

  • Housing can serve as an important contributor to the economic growth through its multiplier effects on the broader economy.
  • Housing can support job creation and economic inclusion.
  • Housing provides social benefits by contributing to community- and nation-building.

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Keynote speech starts at 8:10.