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KINGSTON — Cabinet has reviewed a proposal to expand land titling capacity under the Land Administration and Management Programme (LAMP).

Speaking on Wednesday's August 10 Post Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, said that Government is considering combining two pieces of legislation to expand LAMP's land titling capacity.

“To use the facilities for the Titles Act, in combination with the Registration of Titles, Cadastral Mapping and Tenure Clarification (Special Provisions) Act, to expand LAMP's land titling,” he explained, adding that the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has recommended the special provision.

Mr. Vaz said the proposal identifies an estimated 786,000 parcels of land, of which 400,000 remain unregistered and outside the formal sector.

“It was noted that after ten years of operation, LAMP has still not been able to make a significant dent in bringing unregistered parcels (of land) on to the register,” Mr. Vaz said.

He elaborated that the proposal advised that the total number of parcels brought on to the register under LAMP was 2,743, with a large majority of titles, 2,737, being issued after 2007. But, he said that, although the improvement since 2007 has been over 2,700 titles, that was still a far way from the 400,000 still outstanding, and a more radical approach will be needed to directly address the issue of land tenure.

LAMP was established by the Government in 2001 to address the problem of unregistered lots islandwide, by assisting landholders to secure titles.

                                                           

By CHRIS PATTERSON, JIS Reporter