NLA Working to Implement Electronic Land Titling

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  • The National Land Agency (NLA) is working with three entities to facilitate the implementation of electronic land titling in Jamaica.
  • Consultants are being employed to assist with designing the system, which will include legislative changes to the Registration of Titles Act, to allow for records to be kept in an electronic format and to also allow for submission of documents electronically.
  • “It is projected that within the next three years, all original title documents will be converted to electronic format,” said Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz.

The National Land Agency (NLA) is working with three entities to facilitate the implementation of electronic land titling in Jamaica.

They are Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), and the World Bank.

Consultants are being employed to assist with designing the system, which will include legislative changes to the Registration of Titles Act, to allow for records to be kept in an electronic format and to also allow for submission of documents electronically.

“It is projected that within the next three years, all original title documents will be converted to electronic format,” said Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz.

He was speaking during his Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on May 15, under the theme ‘Creating Jobs… Empowering Jamaicans’.

Mr. Vaz told the House that new approaches will be employed to make it more affordable to obtain a land title.

“We plan to achieve this by adopting a simple, transparent and participatory community-based approach to adjudication in order to establish land ownership,” he said.

“This type of approach has been used successfully in various countries worldwide to carry out rapid land titling and as a way to reduce the cost and time of formalising land ownership,” added Mr. Vaz.

Approximately 16 Land Administration and Management Programme (LAMP) Adjudication Committees exist across parishes. They are expected to come under a new framework to make them more effective in performing their duties to resolve land ownership and facilitate the issuing of land titles.

This is expected to be supported by the use of modern digital land-mapping technology to make the process as efficient as possible.

Meanwhile, Mr. Vaz advised that his Ministry is currently considering a proposal on a Public-Private Partnership to secure financing to carry out the mapping of lands, which will update the digital cadastral index.

“This programme will be geared towards the formalisation of various settlements islandwide, community-by-community, and will include government land settlements as well as many other settlements all over the country,” he informed.

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