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  • Jamaica’s expertise in cadastral land surveying and mapping is to be further enhanced, as 10 more government land surveyors are to receive advanced training in this area, courtesy of the Government of the Republic of (South) Korea.
  • Korea’s Charge d’Affaires in Jamaica, Kimo Lim, made the announcement, during Friday’s (February 14) titling ceremony for land settlement lots in St. Ann, St. Mary, and Portland, at the St. Mary Parish Church Hall in Port Maria.
  • Meanwhile, Prime Minister, the Most Hon, Portia Simpson Miller, who also spoke at the ceremony, said significant accruable benefits to Jamaica under the project, over the long term, include the provision of certificates of title for land settlements, and enhanced expertise in cadastral land surveying and mapping.

Jamaica’s expertise in cadastral land surveying and mapping is to be further enhanced, as 10 more government land surveyors are to receive advanced training in this area, courtesy of the Government of the Republic of (South) Korea.

Korea’s Charge d’Affaires in Jamaica, Kimo Lim, made the announcement, during Friday’s (February 14) titling ceremony for land settlement lots in St. Ann, St. Mary, and Portland, at the St. Mary Parish Church Hall in Port Maria.

Mr. Lim said the 10 additional surveyors, who are still to be selected, will be invited to Korea in April to undergo a period of training. They will bring to 25 the number of surveyors benefitting from this provision.

He indicated that the first 15 participants the Korean training programme, did so under the just concluded Cadastral Mapping and Land Titling Project, jointly undertaken by the governments of both countries.

Mr. Lim said based on this collaboration, “we believe and expect Jamaica to be a leading country in the field of land management in the Caribbean region.”

Meanwhile, Prime Minister, the Most Hon, Portia Simpson Miller, who also spoke at the ceremony, said significant accruable benefits to Jamaica under the project, over the long term, include the provision of certificates of title for land settlements, and enhanced expertise in cadastral land surveying and mapping.

The 11-month project, undertaken between March 2013 and February 2014, facilitated the surveying of 1000 lots at land settlements in St. Ann, St. Mary, and Portland, and preparation and delivery of 520 certificates of title, 124 of which have been transferred to beneficiaries. Seventy of these were presented to residents on Friday.

The initiative was a collaboration involving the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment, and Climate Change; National Land Agency (NLA); and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), which provided over US$2 million ($200 million) in grant fund financing.

It facilitated the process under the Ministry’s Land Administration and Management Programme (L.A.M.P.), with technical expertise provided by the Korea Cadastral Survey Corporation (KCSC).

“This is a good example of what we can achieve if we pool resources. The Government of Jamaica is grateful for this project…which addresses the challenges (associated with) producing titles in the land settlements. It has delivered needed improvements in our technical capacity for cadastral surveying,” Mrs. Simpson Miller pointed out.

Meanwhile, Water, Land, Environment, and Climate Change Minister, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, pointed out that land ownership is a “key element” in developing thriving, sustainable communities “where employment and educational opportunities exist, and where crime is reduced.”

“We will, therefore, constantly seek innovative ways to make the process of land ownership simpler and (affordable), so that as many persons as possible can get a registered title. For any programme of rural development to succeed, the matter of land and its ownership must be a priority,” he stated.

Mr. Lim also pointed out that land registration is “fundamental for efficient development and dynamic activity.”

“Land registration is essential to the prosperity of any country. Korea acknowledges the reality that land registration can foster the economic enhancement of Jamaican citizens. It is this fact that initiated this project,” he stated.