The Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment Mr. Robert Persaud has said that, given the growth in all sectors of the economy and competition for land (housing expansion, development of natural resources, etc.), the important role of land surveyors and land surveying cannot be understated. The minister made this point in the National Assembly during the debate on the Land Surveyors (Profession) Bill on January 2014.
The Bill, which is a product of extensive consultations with relevant stakeholders including practitioners and the private sector, was passed with the unanimous support of the House. The Bill seeks to establish a board of land surveyors that will be tasked with managing the profession. This Board will also be responsible for putting the necessary arrangements in place so as to ensure that land surveyors are properly trained and certified. Minister Persaud pointed out that there are lots of loopholes and often many individuals in this profession “get away with murder”. He said the ministry is looking to put an end to this, and will be putting in place a code of conduct, as well as associated penalties for practitioners who are found to be in breach of same.