However, inadequate attention has been devoted to the central role of housing-particularly urban housing-in national economic growth in developed countries are better understood, little is known about these linkages in developing countries and those with economies in transition.
The provision of adequate housing can be critical for raising labour productivity as it improves the economic efficiency of productive sectors.
In other words, housing enables an economy to function smoothly by providing adequate places for employees to live in and thus work more productively.
While many governments in Africa have been directly providing housing to meet the demands of growing urban populations, these programmes are extremely costly to the government, out of reach for the urban poor, and have not significantly increased the amount of affordable housing.
AVIC town project at Somangira in Kigamboni area, which stands at a 28 kilometres distance from Dar es Salaam Central Business District (CBD) is the brainstorm of the Chinese investors AVIC International will on Sunday this week launch their new sample houses.
Speaking to the Guardian in an exclusive interview yesterday AVIC Coast Land Development (T) Ltd Marketing Dept.
Mao said that, this weekend their organisation will have an open house event for sample house type B on Sunday. The event which will be accompanied by various activities including buffet, live music band and a tour of our house.
He said that the completion of the Kigamboni Bridge will be an added advantage for their project as their clients will be moving smoothly from AVIC Town to CBD and vice versa.
According to Mao, the construction of more decent houses by AVIC international was going on successfully.
Launching AVIC Town at Somangira, Kigamboni in Temeke Municipality last year the then Vice President Dr. Mohamed Gharib Bilal, thanked the entire team of AVI Real Estate for having devoted their time and funds to construct houses in the area saying their achievement in housing projects need to be emulated.
“As far as we are living, we need very good shelter and the great achievement is that AVIC Town came up to provide better life for the people in the country,” he said.
The VP said the houses being constructed by the firm are in very good quality for Tanzanians to enjoy the environment but also development to the nation.
According to him, the houses are beautiful, attractive with very good environment, tarmac roads in the area are the efforts of the AVIC Coast Land Development (T) Limited.
AVIC Town through its Government of China has done a very wonderful job of resolving problem of shelter in the community.
“We have been seeing drawings and pictures of the houses and today we are speaking with the readymade houses with the very good quality for Tanzanians to enjoy the environment.
It is real good achievement for not only buyers of these houses but our country generally,” Dr Bilal noted.
The company has also built a Police Station to ensure that there is peace and harmony in the area while also anticipating having community centres, commercial centres and football and basketball pitch.
He pointed out that the government will ensure that it gives the company full support and assistance in the development.
“The great success for Kigamboni is the bridge across the ocean which is constructed by the government.
This bridge will make transport to and from Kigamboni easy,” he said.
“As one of the world’s top 500 companies, we are proud of ourselves in going beyond commerce and stay committed to build a better world.
We sincerely wish that through the investment of the town, we will be able to provide you, our friends, high quality houses, top level property management service and the best community experience.”
He said the town will not only benefit the community residents, but also the surrounding residents through the provision of job opportunities that would later lead to the country’s economic growth.
According to latest World Bank report, “In many African countries, only the upper five to ten percent of the population can afford the cheapest form of formal housing,” said Ede Jorge Ijjasz Vasquez, Senior Director for the World Bank Group’s Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice.
The report all reveals that 90 percent of Africans live in informal housing, where living conditions are often substandard, unsafe and without basic services like water, electricity and sanitation.
This report demonstrates that targeted interventions in the informal market can bring rapid improvements in the quality of existing housing stock in a number of African countries.