Recognizing the importance of the housing sector in developing countries and the improvement of the living conditions of the population, the government of Djibouti has prepared a plan of action to boost this sector through the Ministry of Housing, Planning, Environment and Spatial Planning, and the Djibouti Real Estate Company.

Achievements have been made thanks to the assistance of partners concerned with the development of the country, including International and Pan-Arab Funds for Development, which have enabled the government to achieve the first phase a new city comprising 842 dwellings as well as, a second phase development of 642 housing units.

Demand for housing continues to rise. Over 500,000 inhabitants reside in the capital and suburbs of Riparian Balbala. With an average annual growth of around 4.5% resulting from both the combined effects of population growth and internal migration, housing needs are estimated at more than 5,000 new units per year.

To overcome this situation, the Government has set consistent targets:

-To manage urbanization and to promote balanced urban development, but also contributing to the urban organization and planning of cities

-To improve the lives of people in poor neighborhoods and foster their access to basic services by carrying-out a social housing program in collaboration with financial partners

-To complete social housing for families with low income in inland districts of the capital in phases with the assistance of institutions

-To encourage qualified companies with local and foreign experience in the field of housing estate development, servicing and construction.

Imported equipment and materials will be exempted from customs duties.