Monrovia, January 27, 2020: A ten-member delegation from the Liberia Land Authority (LLA) and Lantmäteriet recently returned to Liberia after attending a week-long study visit to Rwanda.
The visit, which span through December 8 – 14, 2019 was sponsored by the Inclusive Land Administration and Management Project (ILAMP), a Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) funded-project currently being implemented in Liberia by the Swedish Mapping, Cadastral Survey and Land Registration Authority (Lantmäteriet) in collaboration with the Liberia Land Authority (LLA).
As the crux of ILAMP suggests, the objective of the study tour was to build the institutional capacity of the Liberia Land Authority, through building the capacity of staff that would lead to establishing a land administration system, specifically with regards to systematic land registration during the implementation of the Land Rights Act, as well as Customer Services and Communication and Awareness.
During the tour, key land institutions and facilities were visited including Gasabo District were the delegation was made to understand Land Administration and Management at the local level and how services are delivered to the public and the tools that are used to deliver the services.
As part of the visit, the delegation was taken on a guided tour of Kigali City including the Kigali Memorial site of victims of the 1994 genocide and a sector office in Rubavu District to learn about the process at the first instance for land administration transactions.
Also in Rubavu, the delegation had the opportunity to observe an on-going session usually referred to in Rwanda as ‘Land Week Campaign’ that provides a platform to the public for addressing land issues and processing land related documents. This process is facilitated by a robust awareness campaign and a well-organized mobile unit comprising well trained personnel where payment is not required for providing the service.
The knowledge acquired and experience gained from the study tour are expected to contribute to achieving the overall mandate of the LLA, and specifically assist the Department of Land Policy and Planning in the area of policy revisions; Department of Land Administration in conducting pilots systematic registration of customary land in support of the implementation of customary land rights as provided in the Land Rights Act; Department of Administration and Customer Services in the area of providing professional customer services using a variety of technological tools such as E-service, and awareness on the LLA and its land delivery services; and the Department of Land Use and Management in the area land use and housing interventions for informal settlements.
The study tour was coordinated by the Rwanda Cooperation Initiative (RCI) and featured presentations from the Rwanda Land Management and Use Authority (RLMUA), Ministry of the Environment (MOE), Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA), on several land related topics that could enhance the achievement of the mandate of the LLA, particularly in accomplishing the responsibilities and tasks of the various departments.
The delegation was headed by Mr. Stanley N. Toe, LLA Executive Director and comprised Mr. Oskar Nilsson, Project Manager of Lantmäteriet based in Liberia, Mr. Aryee Kotatee Williams, Director for Administration and Customer Services, Ms. Daniela Gray-Johnson, Project Director, Ms. Josephine L Benson, Registrar, Montserrado County, Ms. Jamesetta Garway, Supervisor, Customer Services, Mr. B. Wolobah Pew, Registrar, Margibi County, Ms. Agnes Pitman-Myers, Gender Assistant, Ms. Nester Holder, Customer Services Assistant and Arthur R. Tucker, Public Relations Officer.
The study tour was climaxed by a farewell ceremony at the RCI office in Kigali, which included closing remarks by LLA’s Executive Director and remarks and presentation of certificates by the Acting Chief Executive Officer, (CEO) of the Rwanda Corporation Initiative (RCI), Ms. Rosine Urujeni.
Reported By: Arthur R. Tucker
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