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Liberia, Ghana Land Commissions share experiences

By lbsonline staff
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( 13/ 2013) The Liberian Land Commission is in Accra, Ghana holding discussions with relevant Ghanaian authorities on diverse land matters.

The 7-member delegation is headed by the Land Commission Vice Chairman, Walter Wisner.

While in Ghana, Vice Chairman Wisner and delegation will tour facilities of the Ghana Lands Commission.

According to press release, the delegation will hold extensive discussions with representatives of Stool Lands Administration.

Stool Lands Administration is an organization that deals considerably with customary land rights in Ghana.

The Group will also share their experiences on customary land rights with their Ghanaian counterpart.

They will as well share their experiences with their colleagues on how the land deed and title registration system in Ghana can be conceptualized to suit scenario.

The release recalled that in May 2013, Liberia adopted the Land Rights Policy, for the first time, establishing a distinct category of customary land rights, along with existing categories of private, public and government land rights.

“The recognition of customary land rights is consistent with the decentralization program of the Liberian Government.”

“Such recognition will empower rural communities by allowing them manage their land and land-based resources in a bid to accelerate their economic growth and development,” it also noted.

The release further said: “The Study tour is a cardinal activity of the Land Commission, designed to share experiences on land issues with other countries in Africa, Europe and America.”

“The Study tour is aimed at adopting best practices that will be applicable to the Liberian land sector.”

“President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, during the National Urban Conference in 2010, challenged the Land Commission to critically examine the issue of unutilized land owned by concessions, philanthropic organizations and private individuals.”

President Johnson-Sirleaf then urged the Commission to examine practices in other countries,” the release also recalled.

As part of the land reform practices, cross-country experiences serve as driving force to conducting empirical studies on land issues.

“Lessons learnt from these study tours will assist the Customary Land Implementation Task Force develop a methodology to implement recommendations in the Land Rights Policy,” the release added.

The Liberian delegation includes Commissioners Lorpu Kandakai, Suzana Vaye, Estelle Liberty, and Victor Helb.
Others are Director MacArthur Pay-Bayee and Senior Program Officer, Stanley Toe.

“The delegation is expected to be in the Ghanaian Capitol for seven days,” it concluded.


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