The Ghana Real Estate Developers Association has launched its 30th anniversary in Accra to take stock of its contribution the development of housing in the country.
It will be on the theme: ‘30 Years of Housing the People: Celebrating the Successes & and Forging Closer Relationships to Chart a New Path for Sustainable Housing Delivery.”
In a press statement copied to Graphic Online, GREDA it was dedicating the remaining part of 2018 to the celebration of this 30th anniversary milestone.
It explained that the three-month long event will be characterised by public lectures, an anniversary housing exhibition of members’ products and services, a mortgage expo and a dinner dance and awards night.
“The dinner dance will also coincide with the swearing in of our new Executives Council officers,” the statement said.
Founded in October 1988, GREDA has been the focal point for housing policy initiation, advocacy and public private partnerships in the country.
It has, over the years, played a pivotal role in housing Ghanaians.
In the statement, the association said “among the numerous achievements, GREDA takes particular pride in the GREDA Estate at Nungua, comprising some 500 units; the Tema Communities 18, 19 and 20 and the Dunkona Estates, which is a partnership with SSNIT.”
“GREDA is also proud to have given birth to real estate development in the country.
“Many of the founding member companies have evolved from the formation of GREDA, 30 years ago to become successful and giant companies, contributing significantly to the housing stock,” it added.
Although data on housing delivery is not readily available, it is estimated that GREDA members contribute an average of 2,500 units to the country’s housing stock annually.
The statement expressed the appreciation of the association to the various governments over the years for their support to the association and members.
It also thanked the media “for always carrying our messages to the people.”
“Going forward, it is our desire that all stakeholders in the housing business will continue to work together to ease the various challenges facing developers and create a conducive environment that allows for smooth housing delivery,” it added.
To mark the anniversary celebration, the statement said GREDA will organise a collaborators’ forum to bring together professionals in the housing construction business.
The idea, it said was to bring architects, structural engineers, quantity surveyors and electrical engineers, among to deliberate on national issues, including the recent building collapses and fires resulting from unprofessionalism and substandard electrical materials on the market.