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ZIMBABWE’S efforts to reduce its housing backlog, estimated at two million has received a huge boost after pan-African financier Shelter Afrique pledged to assist in accelerating financing of housing projects in the country.

In July, the country is set to host Shelter Afrique’s 41st annual general meeting (AGM) in Victoria Falls.

In a statement, Shelter Afrique said the AGM would cover a ministerial roundtable.

The host agreement has been signed by Zimbabwe’s National Housing and Social Amenities minister Daniel Garwe and Shelter Afrique group managing director and chief executive officer Andrew Chimphondah.

The event will be held under the theme: Climate Change and the Built Environment.

According to the statement, following the signing of the host deal, government is expected to ensure effective organisation and success of the meetings.

“Shelter Afrique held its 36th AGM in Victoria Falls and its return after five years for the 41st AGM demonstrates renewed interest in Zimbabwe, providing a window of opportunity for the government to leverage on in shaping the narrative towards robust human settlement delivery strategies.

“I would wish to thank Shelter Afrique for bestowing trust upon Zimbabwe as a nation by selecting it as a venue of choice,” Garwe said.

Zimbabwe, through hosting the AGM, would accrue substantial gains which include regional integration, tourism and business linkages

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