The 27th Kenya Homes Expo took place this weekend, with a particular focus on the theme “Homes for all”, which is in line with the Kenyan government’s promise to significantly boost spend on affordable homes.

Occupying three floors the expo was an opportunity for everyone from East & Central Africa to get to grips with the home market with exhibitors being drawn from real estate, finance, interior decor and design, and the building and construction sectors each of whom displayed their products at the four-day event at the at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre.

The expo’s founder and managing director Daniel Ojijo said affordable housing can only be realized when the government partners with private developers, and through alternative building technologies.

“In synergy with the built industry and being a platform that promotes innovation, the governments and the private developer should form a partnership in the development of affordable houses for Kenyans. This will embrace development of affordable housing by reducing housing costs and supply alternative technology to potential home owners,” Ojijo said.

The Kenyan government is set to deliver 1 million housing units over the next five years with 20 per cent comprising of social housing and 80 per cent affordable housing in partnership with the private sector, and the expo witnesses thought-leaders and industry experts grappling with the hot topics of the day, as well as the usual stands and displays.