National Housing, Stanbic Properties Limited, and Stanbic Bank Uganda on Tuesday entered a tripartite partnership to develop and facilitate Ugandans to access affordable modern housing, at a function presided over by the Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development Matia Kasaija.
Under the terms of the partnership, National Housing will provide land to develop affordable modern housing whereupon Stanbic Properties will handle the direct sales and marketing with Stanbic Bank playing the role of financing partner.
Both Stanbic Bank and Stanbic Properties are subsidiaries of Stanbic Uganda Holdings Limited (SUHL) under the Standard Bank Group, Africa’s largest commercial bank.
Under the partnership, at least 1,400 tailormade housing units will be developed, targeting Stanbic Bank employees after which offers will be extended to other corporate entities, public and business communities.
Spencer Sabiiti, the Chief Executive of Stanbic Properties Uganda Limited said, “our mission is to get all actors in the property space to collaborate to ultimately increase the supply of authentically affordable housing but also ease access to affordable long-term finance; this partnership starts us off in the right direction as we have both a developer and financier, both leaders in their respective spaces.”
Engineer Kenneth Kaijuka, the Chief Executive Officer of National Housing and Construction Company Limited said that while undertaking Company mandate, issues of inadequate funding for housing development projects as well as insufficient and untimely project off-taking framework has hindered delivery on NHCC’s mandate.
“Informed by the great strengths and our respective mandates each party represents, we have agreed to join hands under this tripartite framework to champion mutually beneficial collaborative initiatives that will address the above underlying challenges ultimately increasing housing stock, market the existing NHCC stock, customize housing products for Bank staff and other clients, under tailor-made schemes,” he said.
Anne Juuko, the Stanbic Bank Uganda Chief Executive remarked that the bank, which is Uganda’s largest commercial lender, agrees with experts that, ‘while housing is well articulated in Target 11 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is a key component of sustainable development across all of the goals.’
“We agree with the view that good housing drives access to basic services, contributes towards inclusive growth, and supports the development of a sustainable future, with a direct impact on the factors that contribute or mediate the effects of climate change; through this partnership, Stanbic Bank hopes to play its role towards the desired goal,” said Juuko.