Uganda: French Firm to Computerise Land Registry

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The Government and the Private Sector Foundation have signed a contract with a French firm to computerise land records. The head of the Private Sector Foundation, Gideon Badagawa, said IGN France International would design, install and implement the lands information system.

Badagawa, who was on Friday addressing journalists at the signing of the contract worth $10.5m (sh19b), said the exercise would take about three years to be completed. He said the move was aimed at securing land records and making the process of accessing and securing information easy.

IGN France International is a geographic engineering firm which deals with the creation of digital databases and the integration of computer systems made up of specialised software and geographic data.

Nadege Orlova and Christopher Dekeyne represented the IGN, while lands officials Wilson Ogaro and Richard Oput signed for the Government. Badagawa explained that the system was part of the fight against corruption in the sector. He added that the lands office had also refurbished and constructed offices in upcountry areas.

Private Sector Foundation chairman Gerald Ssendaula said the project was timely and would reduce the rampant land problems. He warned the French firm against corruption, saying the issue of land in Uganda is crucial and needs to be handled carefully. The Private Sector Foundation manages projects funded by the World Bank through the Government. It aims at reducing the cost of doing business in the country.

It also enables the private sector to be better positioned to respond to investment and export opportunities.

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