Uganda launches “The Land Use Expo 2022” with over 200 exhibitors to pioneer
Last Updated on: 22nd June 2022, 08:58 am
ULOA is desirous of resolving the persistent conflicts among land owners and tenants in the various parts of the country, and the upcoming expo and national conference might grant them that.
- The expo is the first of its kind in Uganda
- At least 300 exhibitors are being mobilized to pioneer the expo
- More than 20,000 land owners and tenants across the country will attend the national Land Use Conference and Expo 2022.
By Milton Emmy Akwam
Kampala – June 21, 2022: Uganda Land Owners Association (ULOA) has announced it is organizing a national conference and trade expo dubbed “The Land Use Expo 2022.”
Founded in 2007, ULOA was registered as a company limited by guarantee in 2010, according to the Executive Chairman, James Galabuzi Mukasa.
Addressing a press conference to launch the expo and the national conference in Kampala on Tuesday, Galabuzi says the association is a non-state and not-for-profit development organization established to render social justice to land owners and tenants in Uganda.
“This event will be taking place for two full days between 31st of August and 1st of September 2022 from 08:00a.m to midnight respectively. The venue of the expo will be Uganda Manufacturers Association (UMA) showground, Lugogo.
With the spread of civilization, land has become a scarce entity and therefore a recipe for conflict and hindrance for its full potential use and benefit, ULOA boss told News Reporters.
“Through an inclusive, collaborative, and partnership framework, The Uganda Land Owners Association (ULOA) is desirous of resolving the persistent conflicts among land owners and tenants in the various parts of the country by undertaking community-driven economic empowerment schemes among its members to harness and boost the productivity of land – a critical factor of production,” he added.
The collaboration framework, he reveals brings the issues of commercialized land use through appropriate value chain ventures to the fore and focuses on the models for equitable and sustainable utilization of land in a manner that guarantees reasonable returns for the land owner, tenant, and investor.
With the president of Uganda expected to be the Chief Guest during the two-day events, the association chairman clearly states that ULOA is motivated to undertake this initiative as a way of contributing to the operationalization and achievement of the vision on land use of the president of Uganda, Tibuhaburwa Museveni.
Speaking at the same event, Dr. Esther Akullo Owor, the board director of ULOA for Northern Uganda said, “Expect over 20,000 people nationally.”
“Northern Uganda is one of the areas that have a lot of lands, a lot of unused lands and so we expect them to be [actually] the majority.”
Of the expected 300 exhibitors, she said they expect over 50 percent of the exhibitors to come from the whole of Northern Uganda. “That is possible because the land is a serious matter in Northern Uganda,” according to Dr. Akullo, calling on all Ugandans to get to the UMA show grounds to hear from the land experts.
Davidson Madira who is the ULOA’s advisor says the land is very important for infrastructure development, citing roads, railways, airports, and universities.
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“ULOA stands for the cardinal factor of production; it does not stand for jokes. If Kenya [I like the president of Kenya, he says, “Without posho, there is no president and there is no parliament. And the president of Uganda says, “If you don’t have land there is no wealth. Those are very serious remarks.”
Specific objectives for ULOA
- Establish a national land bank registry for the member landowners and tenants
- Promote productive land use and enterprise development strategies for the members
- Establish decentralized land conflict mediation and resolution mechanisms and forums
- Research, innovate and provide information to the members and stakeholders on land rights and productive land use.
- Build capacity of members in relevant land rights and land use knowledge, skills sets, and mindset change.
- Link members to technical, financing, technology, and enterprise development service providers.
- Undertake networking, advocacy, and lobbying on land rights and productive land use.
- Developing land rights and productive land uses programmatic interventions and resource mobilization.