Investors should appoint advisors to structure deals for them to quickly access capital and penetrate the local real estate market.
Penetration of the Real Estate market can be expedited through the engagement of financial advisors, who have the capability to help solve problems of accessing capital.
This is according to Stanbic Head Investment Banking, Mwila Mwenya, at the 2023 Zambia Real Estate and Property Conference.
Mwenya pointed out that acquiring capital from financial institutions was generally a struggle, hence the need for investors to know the correct steps to successfully secure project financing.
He stressed the need for Real Estate developers looking for property financing to get an advisor and arranger who would structure the package and be able to sell it to the right people with capital.
“If one is structuring a transaction, there is need to know what kind of financing is required. Would it be debt financing or equity? All these factors have different requirements and an advisor will be able to structure it accordingly.
“What you need to keep in mind is you have to struggle in order to raise debt from the banks or from anyone. But you must know the bare minimum requirements, and you need to structure your project. So, you have to look for the right advice,” Mwenya said.
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He said Stanbic bank offerred a wide range of advisory services, and that it was able to guide clients on the right fit of financing required.
“We help clients to structure their projects in such a way that they can get finance not just from us, but we are able to syndicate in need,” Mwenya said.
And Green Economy and Environment Minister, Collins Nzovu, said the adoption of “climate smart” infrastructure could effectively counter heightened flooding.
Nzovu said the Government recognised the need to adopt “climate smart” infrastructure to counter heightened flooding.
“We believe that with the advent of climate change now, seeing the intensity and frequency of the floods, there’s need for climate smart infrastructure, there is need for better-built infrastructure. So, when you look at this, there’s need to respond.
“How do we ensure that this increased flooding is rooted through the existing reservoirs? Do the dams speak to the changed ways of river flooding? And what are we doing in this space? We are reviewing all the polices, all the existing legislation, the National Policy on Climate Change,” Nzovu said.
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