By David Muwanga
THE Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) is next month expected to start the allocation of land in the Kampala Business and Industrial Park (KBIP) at Namanve.
Companies started submitting applications in 2006 following an advertisement calling for expressions of interest to invest in Namanve. â€œWe went through a pre-qualification exercise in which 163 out of 112 companies were pre-qualified. But we have also received new applications from 101 companies,â€ Arthur Tukahirwa, the UIA director for industrial parks, said.
â€œThese will also go through the same process of pre-qualification before they get land,â€ he said.
â€œThe process takes long because before we start allocating land, we need to have a land allocation criteria and pricing that took us through a study whose draft report is ready and will be presented to all stakeholders on February 24. If the report is adopted, then the UIA board of directors will start allocating land beginning March onwards,â€ Tukahirwa explained on Friday.
His explanation follows a complaint from the US-based ATM Computer Technology, one of the applicants, that the investment agency had delayed to allocate it land.
Tukahirwa, however, said the first phase of land allocation would cover the 163 projects, while the 101 that did not respond in 2006, will have to wait for the pre-qualification exercise.
â€œPresently, earthworks are going on South A Estate that includes construction of a road network comprising primary and secondary road distributors, pedestrian walkways and four parking areas,â€ he said.
â€œThe phase is expected to be completed by the end of April. The overall progress of the works is estimated to be at 56%.â€