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15th African Real Estate Society (AfRES) Annual Conference



The African Real Estate Society (AfRES) is the umbrella body for all real estate practitioners in Africa. The Society organises annual conferences on thematic areas in selected cities. This year, AfRES in collaboration with the Ghana Institution of Surveyors (GhIS) and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) are holding the 2015 conference in Kumasi, Ghana.

The theme for the conference is “Real Estate Markets Development; Meeting the Challenge, Making the Difference”.  Clearly Real estate markets in most countries are not as organized or efficient as markets for other, more liquid investment instruments. The unique nature of Individual properties involved coupled with their legal attributes make Real Estate Markets imperfect hence dealings therein somewhat complex. These present major challenges to investors and other players.

Undoubtedly the real estate industry plays a major factor in the development mix in many economies. In view of the many opportunities that exist, conscious efforts ought to be made to develop the Real Estate Markets especially in emerging democracies.

The Annual Conferences serve as CPD programmes for participants. They also provide common platforms for sharing international experiences on best practices and in this case, issues such as appropriately dealing with the challenges in the real estate markets development would be the focus.

For nearly two decades, these conferences had attracted representatives from around the world to discuss and present innovative solutions to real estate challenges especially with relevance to Africa. Professionals from real estate stakeholders, government agencies, academia as well as users of real estate services are encouraged to attend.


  • Discussions of the emerging trends in the development of real estate market, especially in upcoming economies
  • Evolving innovative strategies for harnessing the actual and latent potential of the sector
  • Creating a platform for sharing of international best practices
  • Providing opportunity for professionals, academics and major stakeholders in the real estate industry to brainstorm
  • Providing African Governments with policy options for increasing real estate investments
  • Interface between Business community and real estate practitioners
  • Exposing Delegates especially foreign ones to the Ghanaian Property market, opportunities and trends


For the delegates

  • Acquisition of Knowledge
  • Continuing Professional Development
  • Establishing Linkages
  • Being sharpened for better practice among others


  • Exposure to the International Real Estate Society networks
  • Platform to advertise Services of company
  • Publicity of Company’s services in the media and conference materials – Banners, Bag, Brochure, and Conference Website
  • Establishing a permanent bond between Ghanaian professional/ practitioners and companies involved in real estate
  • Enhancing profit making of company among others
  • Obtaining Professional advice from society/ members in the area of land acquisition, documentation, valuation, registration of titles etc on pro bono basis or on very fair terms depending on the circumstance


The Conference details are as follows
DATE: 31st August – 5th September 2015, Friday 4th and Saturday 5th September will be used for socials activities
VENUE: Golden Tulip Kumasi City Hotel, Kumasi
THEME: “Real Estate Markets Development; Meeting the Challenge, Making the   Difference’’
PARTICIPATION FEE:  USD 300 per Participant (Early Bird ie Registration by 31st July USD260.00)


The presentations will take the form of panel discussions, plenary and breakout sessions. About 60 papers will be presented by the experts on the various topical areas notably;

  • Emerging Market issues
  • Developing Real Estate Markets
  • Land Issues, Governance & Development
  • Property Market Dynamics
  • Land Policy Reform & Administration
  • Real Education & Professional Development                              
  • Housing Finance & Development
  • Urban Land Markets and Growth
  • Real Estate Finance, Investment & Development
  • Real Estate Education
  • Real Estate Valuation & Management
  • Property and Macro-Economics


Over 300 participants from all over the world will be attending. They include participants from Sister Societies such as American Real Estates Society (ARES), European Real Estates Society (ERES), International Real Estates Society (IRES), Pacific and Asian Real Estates Society (PARES) Middle East and North Africa Real Estates Society (MENARES).

Local participants, will include Surveyors, Lawyers, Architects, Planners, Environmentalists etc


  • His Excellency the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana
  • His Royal Highness Otumfour Osei Tutu II - The Ashanti King
  • The Honorable Minister for Lands and Forestry
  • The Honorable Minister for Works and Housing
  • The Honorable Regional Minister, Ashanti Region
  • The Mayor of Kumasi


As part of the planned activities, the King of Ashanti will sit in State for a meeting with conference delegates. He will make a presentation on Enhancing Good Governance in the Management of Customary Lands. Again visits will be made to a number of tourist sites. This is to showcase Ghana’s tourism potentials especially to the foreign participants. Areas to be visited include;

  • The Ashanti Royal Mausoleum, Kumasi
  • Kumasi City Tour
  • The historic Okomfo Anokye Sword
  • Rattary Park                                           
  • Lake Bosumtwe, the largest Natural Lake in West Africa
  • Estate development Sites
  • The Center for National Culture, Kumasi


  • The Ghana Institution of Surveyors is the major partner
  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Members of the Institution especially from the Valuation and Estate Surveying Division and counterparts from the sub region form the membership of the West African Chapter of AfRES.


A number of Sponsors are expected to support the organization of the Conference. The major Sponsors will be advertised on the AfRES Website. Depending on the level of Sponsorship, the various benefits will be available as provided for in the Sponsorship packages. A sponsors’ forum has been planned for all such partners to interact with the delegates


For further information please visit the website     
Kindly contact the Conference Coordinator for any enquiries
Surv. Emmanuel T Martey (FGhIS), BL
PO Box 916, Accra, Ghana
Office: (+233) 302 660078, Mob: (+233) 244 66 44 36; 545 06 05 63
Email: /

Come and enjoy not only the conference but a taste of the proverbial excellent Ghanaian hospitality