The Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development and the Institute of Surveyors of Kenya have partnered with Aurora Events to host the first East Africa Land Expo in Nairobi on 19th and 20th September 2015 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC). The East Africa Land Expo will be the first comprehensive land trade event to be hosted in Kenya held and comes on the backdrop of renewed efforts by the government to streamline the land sector in Kenya amidst major infrastructural projects currently being undertaken.
The Expo will see individual land sellers and land selling companies, brokers, agents, lawyers, Saccos and financiers attend, interact and exchange ideas on best practice in land trading and is billed to be the premier forum for the general public to get first-hand information on the process of land buying, laws and regulations involved and the key considerations to make when purchasing land.
Speaking during the partnership agreement, Ms. Mariamu El Maawy Principal Secretary, Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development said that they are delighted to have partnered with Aurora Events as they host the East Africa Land Expo in Nairobi.
“The Government has made huge strides in reforming the lands sector including measures like digitization of land records and issuance of title deeds, establishing the National Land Commission and streamlining the land lease regulations and Kenyans need to know all this information through forums like the East Africa Land Expo”, the Principal Secretary further observed.
In a bid to provide value to the public, the East Africa Land Expo will host workshop forums for potential land buyers on both days where they will interact with experts from the Ministry of Land and the Institute of Surveyors of Kenya.
Comprehensive changes in land use and land planning coupled with the increase in demand for usable land as a result of increased population has resulted in many changes that the public should be knowledgeable on hence the need for an all-inclusive Land Expo to educate people on land matters.
Also commenting on the partnership, Institute of Surveyors of Kenya Chief Executive Officer Mr. Moses Kiambuthi said the East Africa Land Expo signified the start of what will be a major leap in bridging the awareness and knowledge gap in the land purchase process in Kenya.
“I urge all Kenyans to come to the East Africa Lands Expo and take advantage of the forum, the experts and the statistics that will help them make informed decisions and avoid being duped while purchasing land,” said Mr. Kiambuthi.
The workshop forums at the East Africa Land Expo will focus on among other issues; how to begin your land investment journey, how to select a financier, conducting due diligence required when buying land, why it is necessary to involve land professionals when buying land and the progress made by the Ministry of Land regarding digitization and issuance of title deeds.
Aurora Events, Director Ms. Milka Maina lauded the two institutions for partnering and agreeing to take part in the event adding that issues like land registration, devolution of land, and the mandates of the various land regulation institutions will be demystified at the Land Expo.
“We want to provide information, linkages and networks to all Kenyans providing the crucial information necessary when making land transactions in Kenya and across the East African region and we thank both the Ministry of Lands and the ISK for endorsing our efforts”, added Milkah.
The 2-day event is FREE to the general public is designed to provide land stakeholders with a unique opportunity to meet, discuss and develop trading and business partnerships.