Land and housing are the most important assets
for many people in developing countries. Farmers and small business owners like rely
on those assets for their incomes and to lead a better life. But only 30% of the worlds population has
a legally registered title to their land. For the majority of the world’s poor, secure
land and property rights are a rare luxury. Land is the most important resource for sustainable
production. It’s essential for sustainable development
that the land governance and land rights are clear, and then people in the society knows
that they have equitable rights. What can be done to secure land rights for
the poor and vulnerable populations? One important step is to improve land administration
by developing modern and effective systems to protect, record, adjudicate, and register
property rights. Pakistan is setting a good example of this
with the help of digital technology. In Punjab, the countrys most populous province,
the Land Records Management and Information Systems Project has transformed rural land
titling. The program has digitized land records and
created data centers. This has helped enhance transparency and dramatically
reduced processing time. This project was basically started to get
rid of the poor people from the clutches of old patwa system, the patwari, who used to
exploit the people, particularly the poor, women, and vulnerable groups. So it is proving a big support to the females. It is leading towards women empowerment. It has improved the value of their land, because
with the protection that they now have under this new system, the banks and the other investment
agencies have more confidence. I believe the technology has a very critical
role to play here. It has only been possible because of the technology
development that we have achieved the success that we are taking credit for. Using Pakistan’s success as a roadmap, an
international community of development experts and government officials gathered in Bangkok
to learn and share similar experiences at the Workshop on Land Records Management and
Information Systems. In my opinion, land is one of the main basic
factors which is critical to the survival of humanity and food security. Land is at the core of economic development,
but also so many dimensions of both the economy and poverty elimination. Land management is very important for Myanmar
because there are many complicated land issues and conflicts, so we need to solve this problem. I consider this workshop is very much important. We had a very good opportunity to share the
experiences of the region. I think that the first thing that I gathered
from here was that we are on the right path taking this decision to go to this convention
and do these land registration reforms. Looking at the experiences that other countries
have shown in fact gives us more impetus to move on. We all together have to do it together, keeping
land as one of the most important assets. Land is our planet. Land is our home.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

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