02 Oct 2018 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 02 OCT (NAMPA) The Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) believes that access to and ownership of land will only become meaningful if it constitutes a foundation for wealth creation and economic prosperity.
This was according to former NCCI president and current director, Dr Leake Hangala, in a statement during the official opening of the second National Land Conference here on Monday.
According to Hangala, access to and ownership of land is important as these are not an end in themselves, but a means to an end.
We are thus delighted that this conference is looking at discussing all broader aspects of land utilisation, including urban land for housing, commercial land and the upliftment of communal land value, among others.
Hangala also highlighted the fact that not everyone is interested in farming due to the harsh weather conditions experienced in Namibia, among other factors, noting that there should also be a thorough discussion on availing land for factories or medical centres.
This conference should therefore also come up with programmes and agendas that will make land to be used as a means for wealth creation for the State, communities and individuals, he said.
He added that this can only be achieved through the creation of collateral value of land, specifically in communal areas.
It is important that the country develops systems and policies regarding title deeds, ownership and land transfer rights.
If people are not sure of the status of the land they occupy or are going to occupy, they will not invest in the development of that land and will continue squatting as they do not believe they have settled yet, Hangala stressed.
Additionally, the NCCI went on about long bureaucratic delays, ownership and transfer of land, especially in urban areas which are issues that frustrate business people.
He urged for the conference to address the issue of eliminating those bottlenecks as they are delaying the urgently required creation of job opportunities.