By Our Correspondent
The Minister of Lands , Housing and Urban Development Judith Nabakooba has wooed Ugandans living in Canada to invest in their mother land Uganda noting that government has put in place save measures to ensure a speedy and corruption free environment in acquiring land for development .
Nabakooba was making a presentation about the status of the land sector in Uganda during the 2023 Canada NRM Chapter Symposium. The symposium was attended by a big NRM delegation from Uganda led by the third Deputy Prime Minister Without Portfolio , Rukia Isanga Nakadama.
Nabakooba said that among the measures instituted by her ministry to help Ugandans living abroad to get genuine land include , the establishment of a diaspora desk in the Ministry that is solely responsible for supporting those out of the country.
“We have also digitized the entire land transaction by putting the entire process online, and established a Toll-Free line for any queries 0800100004 The purpose of the Public Portal is to provide citizens with instant search results for land titles and the subsequent transactions., she stated .
Nabakooba explained that the portal provides instant results on the status of land transactions and verification of land details upon payment of a search fee of UGX 10,000 per search. This is about 3.59 Canadian dollars . Citizens in the country and those in the diaspora can access this Public Portal through the link provided: https://www.ugnlis.mlhud.go.ug
“Through this portal, all users can access information on the following items: information on available land transactions at the Ministry Zonal Offices, locations of the Ministry Zonal Offices, links to websites to download relevant forms, description of the NLIS among others,” she said adding that the portal is helping to limit face to face interactions while ironing out middle men.
The minister called upon Ugandans in the diaspora to invest the real estate sector noting that there are many opportunities available and the sub sector was the fastest growing sectors contributing 7.5 % to the National GDP and a key growth driver of the Ugandan economy.
“This sector has significant linkages with several other productive sectors of the economy. Market analysts project that the construction industry will grow by an average annual rate of 8.1% in real terms over the coming 10 years.
Real Estate business has been growing at a fast rate although the demand for decent housing has remained higher than supply. This is why I encourage all of you to come into our beautiful country and invest in housing,” Nabakooba told the delegates .
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