Lands Researcher says Africa could reap economic dividend from modernizing its
Ugandan land Expert with the World Bank, Frank Byamugisha says the momentum is
building up to modernize land administration in Africa and that the reforms could
propel the continent to prosperity.
least 25 African countries including Uganda are implementing land administration
have ongoing programmes to modernize their land administration system.
delivered a keynote address at the International Conference on the implementation
of land information systems taking place in Entebbe Uganda.
conference attended land experts and manager from several African countries was
part of the activities to end a ten-year World Bank funded land administration project.
Company GN FI had been contracted to establish country wide – a systemknown as theDesign, Supply, Installation and Implementation of National Land
Information System Infrastructure(DeSINLISI).
Uganda has been among the many
countries across Africa that have been using manual processing of land requests
and land registration among others.
The old system of manual registries
had been blamed for delays and errors which experts says had undermined the
effectiveness of administering and securing property rights for citizens or
A World Bank study had showed that
the average duration for title registration in Uganda for so many years was 270
With the new system, you will no
longer have to travel to the Lands Ministry headquarters in Kampala for land registration
and related matters.
wenty-two Ministerial Zonal offices
have been installed and linked to the national land information system in areas
of Wakiso, Mukono, Kampala, Masindi, Kibaale, Kabarole , Mbarara, Arua, Gulu, Lira, Mbale and Jinja, Mpigi, Luwero, Mityana,
Kabale, Rukungiri, Tororo, Moroto and Soroti.
One of the major financial benefits of the new system
is according to the Lands Ministry is the increase is an increase in revenue
generation with over 710 billion shillings generated between February
2013 to June 2019. The cumulative effect of the project reportedly represents 269%
return on Investment of the US$72 million investment provided as a World Bank
Byamugisha said countries in Asia and
Europe were able to transform their economies by strengthening their property rights
particularly land administration.
Asian countries, China, Taiwan and South Korea according to Byamugisha have
become Industrialized, enjoy shared prosperity and have virtually eliminated extreme
poverty by strengthening their property rights.
said research by the World Bank and other scholars have found that strengthened
and protected land rights in the last fifteen years in Ethiopia have generated investment
growth and productivity.
Cue in” Ethiopia is
by strengthened land rights”/////
and Rwanda have strengthened and protected their land rights through nationwide
programmes of land certification and administration.
They have also deployed a wide range of technology
packages including ICT remote sensing especially satellites, internet and
two countries according to Byamugisha have also reduced transaction costs, time
and have linked their land data with other national data systems.
said other African countries have embraced modernization especially by computerizing
land administration systems.
of the experts in land administration have expressed concern that Uganda’s land
tenure system characterized by different land tenures could be a hindrance to
attaining the results posted by Rwanda and Ethiopia cited in Byamugisha’s
of the challenges according to Hamza Galiwango of the Uganda Investment
Authority land division is how to title and register communally owned land.
Kibirige, the head of the World Bank’s Trade and Competitiveness sector in Uganda said
part of the solution to communal land ownership in Uganda is to have it
communally registered and titled.
decried the fact that about 80% of the land in Uganda is not titled yet land
can be used as one of the avenues to create the need 500,000 jobs annually.
In “Uganda land which is
Out…. and virtually not registered” ////
says their studies show that good land governance can eradicate land grabbing,
encourage agriculture, and increase food security—transforming development