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Uganda: How Strengthening Land Governance Supports Job Creation and Tax Revenues
Wednesday, 22/Mar/2017:
12:30pm - 2:00pm

Session Chair: Klaus Tilmes, World Bank,
Location: MC C2-131

Session Abstract

Land is the backbone of economic activities – it is collateral for access to finance, it is literally the site for agriculture and manufacturing, and it provides stability to landowners who can leverage land ownership for productive economic activities. Further combined with labor and capital these three generate output as factors of production. All too often those who live on the land do not have the appropriate paperwork to reflect their ownership which in turn hinders their ability to make use of their assets. This challenge is particularly acute in Africa. But one World Bank project in Uganda is changing all that.  Land is a cross-cutting subject with special relevance to the jobs and growth agenda. There is significant evidence to support the far-reaching impact of land information systems – including reduction in time to transfer property, increase in revenue, reduction in corruption, job creation and increased access to credit.

The economy of Uganda depend largely on Agriculture. About 75% (25m people) of Uganda’s workforce are employed in agriculture. To enable an increase in job creation there is a need to link agriculture to light manufacturing (industrialization). Both agriculture and manufacturing require land with strong property rights. In Uganda today, only 20 percent of the country’s land is registered. Uganda has a unique land tenure system that has been shaped by the country’s history. Private sector’s investments needs to be protected in any economy and they have to use their profits as they want without any hindrance. This discussion will examine how Uganda has approached land administration reform to raise revenue and create jobs in the economy. A Government Delegation from the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development in Uganda will attend.

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How Land Administration Increases Tax Revenue and Supports Job creation

Moses Kibirige

World Bank, Uganda


Richard Oput

Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Uganda

Concluding Remarks

Betty Ongom Amongi

Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Uganda

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