DRC pays a total of US$4,203,706.01 to clear its capital arrears due to Shelter Afrique
· The final payment of an additionalUSD1,703,826.79by Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government to Shelter Afrique on the 22ndDecember 2021,in addition to the USD2.5 million already paid by DRC in the same year now takes the country’s shareholding to 2.46%.
Nairobi: January 18, 2022-The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has cleared its capital arrears in Shelter Afrique after paying the outstanding amount of USD1,703,826.79, the pan-African housing development financier has disclosed.
The move now takes DRC’s shareholding in the Company to 2.46%, up from1.68%heldpreviously.
In total, DRCpaid USD4,203,706.01million capital contribution last year, significantly increasing its stakes in the Company.
“We are grateful to the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo as this is a show of strong belief in the role and mandates of Shelter Afrique in the provision of affordable housing in Africa, and particularly the DRC. We are particularly appreciative of the roles played by theMinister for Urban Planning and Housing Hon. Pius Mukala and theMinister for Finance Hon.Nicolas Kazadiformaking the disbursements,”Shelter Afrique Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Andrew Chimphondah said.
DRC nowjoins Tanzania,Morocco, Mali, Lesotho, Namibia, Togo and Zimbabwe as Shelter Afrique Class A shareholders who have fully paid their capital obligations.
“We wish to show our gratitude to the 8 shareholders who have fully paid their capital subscriptions and to those who continue to increase their stakes in the Company – it is a huge vote of confidencein our Board approved strategy which is being implemented successfully by Management,” Mr Chimphondah said.
In the recent past, DRC has enhanced its engagement with Shelter Afrique.Consequently, the companyhasramped up its activities in the country byactively pursuing large-scale, low-cost housing projects in DRC through public-private partnerships and equity investments.
Recently, Shelter Afrique approved a line of credit worth USD 11.4 million to a financial institution to finance 285 mortgages in the country. Shelter Afrique is also keen on supporting urban regeneration projects in Lubumbashi and Goma, which is expected to develop 500 housing units – the company has set aside USD20 million, pending board approval.
“Additionally, under our social housing plans, we arecurrently reviewing a housing project in Goma that seeks to develop 1000 housing units for families displaced by the eruption of Mount Nyiragongo and Kanyaja, which occurred in May and June 2021. When approved, we will invest USD 1million in equity for a period of 7 years,” Mr Chimphondah said.
Other projects so far financed by Shelter Afrique in the DRC include Devimco’s 7-floor office building for rental purposes, La Tradition, Le Concorde, L’Ambassadeur ; Azda; anda 10-storey building in Kinshasa developed by ELOLO SPRL.
Shelter-Afrique is a pan African housing finance and development institution established by African governments to address the need for a sustainable housing delivery system and related infrastructure projects in Africa. Shareholders include 44 African countries, the African Development Bank, the African Re-Insurance Corporation, andFonds de Solidarité Africain (FSA).
The company’s mandate is to provide financing through debt, quasi-equity, and equity to both public and private institutions for housing and urban infrastructure projects in its member countries. Shelter Afrique builds strategic partnerships and offers a host of products and related services to support the efficient delivery of affordable housing and commercial real estate. These include project finance, institutional lending, equity investments & joint ventures, trade finance, and social housing.
We also offer practical advice and technical assistance to a wide range of industry stakeholders.