Nairobi, Tuesday 24th April, 2018 … Lands CS, Ms. Farida Karoney says Kenya is committed to adopting appropriate policies and reforms in the land sector to comply with the global agenda.
The Lands CS stressed the importance of the ongoing digitization of land records and establishment of a secure National Land Information Management Systems. “This is critical to ensure accountability in the way we manage land as Government.” She said.
Ms. Karoney spoke on Tuesday when she opened the 7th a four day Global Land tool Network (GLTN) Partners meeting at the UN headquarters in Gigiri, Nairobi.
“These land reforms aim at unlocking Kenya’s economic potential.” Said Ms. Karoney.
The land CS said that the four day meeting took place at the opportune time when the country is undertaking many reforms in the land sector.
She said that her Ministry have robust pieces of legislation which include the Land Act, 2012, Land Registration Act 2012 and the Community Land Act 2016. “The regulations and rules to operationalize some of the provisions of these laws have been gazetted and are now awaiting the approval by parliament.” Said Ms. Karoney.
The lands CS said that Community Land Act comes along with innovations on how to recognize community land rights and control over natural resources.
She said that land is an enabler to support manufacturing, access to affordable and decent housing, universal health care, food security and nutrition.
“These are policy programmes that the Government has committed to deliver to the people.” Added Ms. Karoney.
Ms. Karoney said that Land is a critical driver in urban development through regulating access to land and use to achieve security of tenure for all.
Other key speakers at the meeting include: the Deputy Executive Director, UN-Habitat, Dr. Aisa Kacyira; Netherlands Government Foreign Ministry official, Frits van den Wall and GLTN International Advisory Board chair, Brenda Muntemba of the Zambian High Commission.
The meeting brings together more than 170 partners from around the globe among them; Nepal, Phillipines, Uganda, DR Congo, Zambia, Sudan and Iraq.
The objectives of the meeting include: Reflecting on the key achievements of the GLTN partnership in addressing land tenure: successes, lessons learnt and challenges.
The theme of the meeting is “Together, Moving Tenure Security for all to the next level”.
Some of the GLTN meeting sessions include to: Holistically discuss women’s land rights and scaling up promising initiatives in both rural and urban contexts; the development of the Land Administration curriculum in Universities and the Research and Training, urban, rural, Professional, multilateral and Bilateral clusters.
Joseph K. Mwangi