The Vision City project, situated on one of the hills in the city, is part of the Rwandan government’s efforts to solve housing challenges in Kigali.
The first phase of Vision City project has 504 units of villas and apartments. According to the plan, after all the four phases are completed, the project will have the capacity to accommodate over 22,000 people.
China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), a Chinese company is undertaking the first phase of the project.
Kigali could have a housing deficit of up to 350,000 residential units in 10 years, if nothing isdone to address the current shortage, a study conducted by the Rwandan government and European Union in 2012 showed.
At least 43,436 social houses and 186,163 affordable houses are required annually by 2022, reflecting 54% housing demand, according to the city master plan.
A first in the country, the project is the best one yet; with good planning as well as good view. It is projected to help not only the housing sector in the country, but also the country as a whole. Moreover, like it, other projects of CCECC also have good changes to the landlocked country in terms of development.
According to the General Manager of CCECC in Rwanda Wang Lei, CCECC has under its belt many landmark buildings in the country like the Amahoro stadium, Kigali Tower cty which is by far the tallest in Kigali and Kigali Tower City, the biggest of its kind as well.
The Chinese company also helps create jobs for local people taking on board 3,000 local people while they were working in the vision city project throughout the year of 2015. Many of the local workers have also received training under the company’s staff.