Land records automation gathers steam

Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has revealed that government has begun the process of automating land records and to this end, a new base map for the country is expected to be developed to replace the current 45-year-old base land map used for land registration.

According to Dr. Bawumia, within the next 18 months the entire digitization process should be completed and that by June 2020, government services will go cashless.

Base maps, primarily provide background detail necessary to orient the location of the map and it provides features such as streets, landmarks, boundaries, waterways, satellite imagery and areas of elevation.

A new base map for the country, which is being worked on by the Lands Commission in collaboration with the private sector, will be rolled out this year, Vice President, Dr.Mahamudu Bawumia has revealed.

According to the Vice President, the new base map will enable citizens access land titles, land rights in a bid to effectively manage the country’s cumbersome and fragmented land tenure system. The last time a base map survey was done for the country was in 1974 and that is what they country has been using, which has stifled the land registration process.

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“So this year we are going to do a new base map survey and then we will begin the process with our NABCO graduates of digitizing the land registry all across and we will use block chain technology – basically to log in the record so that nobody can change the record once it is there, because sometime you own a land and you go and find somebody’s name and that they have replaced it, it happens.

But l think that with the block chain technology we should be able to log in those records so you can find out information to title to land within seconds online whether you are in Ghana or not, we are going to bring in the private sector to work with us (Land Commission) on this and work has started as we speak,” he said.

Furthermore, the Vice President, who also touched on the theme of the forum, ‘the Ghana We Want’ indicated that the Companies Act, 2018 which has been passed represents a “game changer” for the country as far as the ease of doing business in the country is concerned.

He also indicated that the Insolvency Bill is before parliament and it is expected to be passed in the current sitting. The bill, when passed, will improve the quality of the legal regime for corporate bodies and their administration when they become insolvent. Also, the critical aspect of the draft bill focuses on a framework for restructuring viable businesses and closing, as well as transferring assets of failed ones.

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