Monrovia, March 24, 2020: Tanzania Delegation Ends Two-Week Working Visit to the Liberia Land Authority
A four-member high level delegation from the Republic of Tanzania, has ended a two-week visit to the Liberia Land Authority (LLA).
The delegation from the National Land Use Planning Commission (NLUPC) of Tanzania, comprised Dr. Stephen Nindi, Executive Director, Mr. Gerald Mwakipesile, Assistant Director of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Madam. Devota Salukele, Legal Counselor and Ms. Lilian Looloitai, CORDS, a Civil Society Organization in Tanzania.
The visit was sponsored by the Swedish Mapping, Cadastral Survey and Land Registration Authority (Lantmäteriet) under the Inclusive Land Administration and Management Project (ILAMP), financed by the Government of Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).
The visit, which commenced on the 24th of February, 2020 and ended on March 6, 2020, featured series of technical working sessions involving the LLA’s Land Use and Management Department, as well as technical staff from the Department of Land Administration and the management of the Inclusive Land Administration and Management Project (ILAMP) team.
A number of activities were carried out, such as the review of the National Land Use Planning Framework of Liberia; Policy for Land Use Management in Tanzania; Land Use Planning Act and Regulations development in Tanzania as well as the Land Rights Act of Liberia and the Liberia Land Authority Act in the context of Land Use Planning and Management in Liberia.
Additionally, both the LLA team and their Tanzanian counterparts were involved in the development of an organizational chart of the Community Policy for Land Use and Management (PLUM) process in Liberia; Draft Guidelines on Land Use Planning and Management for community (steps 1 and 2); creation of draft guidelines on Land Use Planning and Management for community (steps 3 and 4), including the finalization of the 2020 knowledge sharing and capacity building plan in line with the Inclusive Land Administration and Management Project (ILAMP) plan .
Meanwhile, the Tanzania delegation and some technical staff of the Land Use and Management department of the LLA, headed by Mr. Samuel F. Kpakio, Director of Land Use and Management, LLA, did expert presentation on Land Use and Management, Land Planning of the two pilot projects (Sinoe and Lofa) in Liberia, Procedures for Policy Formulation and the National Land Use Planning and Framework of Liberia. In attendance also was an array of Local Government officials from Grand Cape Mount, Grand Kru and Lofa counties.
At the conclusion of the technical sessions, a wrap up meeting featuring a presentation from the delegation was held in the conference room of the LLA with a high level senior management representation including Atty. J. Adams Manobah, Sr., Chairman, Hon. P. Bloh Sayeh, Vice Chair and Commissioner of Administration and Customers Services, LLA, Hon. J. Josephus Burgess, Sr., Commissioner for Land Administration, Hon. Ellen O. Pratt, Commissioner for Land Use and Management, Mr. Stanley N. Toe, Executive Director, Mr. Samuel F. Kpakio, Director of Land Use and Management as well as some technical staff from relevant departments of the LLA.
The Inclusive Land Administration and Management Project (ILAMP) was represented during the wrap up meeting by Mr. Christopher Byren, Project Manager, Mr. Asko Annala, Legal Advisor, and Mr. Oskar Nilsson, Survey Expert.
Speaking on behalf of the LLA management, Atty. J. Adams Manobah, Sr., Chairman of the LLA, firstly expressed thanks and appreciation on behalf of the Board of Commissioners and staff of the LLA to Mr. Christopher Byren, Project Manager, ILAMP and the Lantmäteriet family for their continuous support to the LLA through ensuring that the implementation of the ILAMP project is done smoothly. He also used the occasion to thank Dr. Stephen Nindi, Director, NLUPC, and his team for such a timely visit.
“I am using this occasion to encourage staff of the LLA to continue taking advantage of such event since it has the propensity to enhance skills. We must appreciate every capacity building program and make sure our participation is timely,” he said. Chairman Manobah, also used the occasion to inform the delegation that though the LLA is still new, yet, Management is working tirelessly to provide efficient land services in the country. He said the LLA needs more awareness, education and sensitization programs to better inform the general public on the Land Rights Act and the Liberia Land Authority Act, and concluded that the the visit will not only help the LLA in the short-term, but will go a long way to enhance the bilateral relationship between the two countries and people.
Also speaking, Hon. P. Bloh Sayeh, Vice Chair for Administration and Customer Services, used the occasion to express her satisfaction so far for the work done through the Inclusive Land Administration Project. “I am touched by Mr. Gerald’s Presentation, thus, it is clear that Tanzania has gone far in the provision of efficient land services. I am calling on you (Dr. Stephen Nindi) and your team to continue to share with us the methodology used to get Tanzania where it is. She added.
In his closing remarks, Dr. Stephen Nindi, expressed gratitude to the Chairman, the Board of Commissioners, ILAMP team and staff of the LLA for the support throughout their stay in Liberia. He said NLUPC will continue to work closely with the LLA through the department of Land Use and Management.
The National Land Use Planning Commission (NLUPC) of Tanzania is a corporate body established by an Act of Parliament, No. 3 of 1984, to facilitate efficient planning and orderly management of land use throughout the Republic of Tanzania.
Reported By: Emmanuel Chedeh Davis - Public Relations
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