Jamaica: Jamaican Prime Minister (PM), Bruce Golding, said that the Land Administration and Management Programme (LAMP) continue to make strides with 2,300 titles issued over the last two years. The figure, he said, is double the number of titles that were issued up to 2008 and comes in spite of the challenges the programme faced including affordability.
The Prime Minister, who was reporting on the progress of land titling and registration under the programme in the House of Representatives noted, for example, that although the cost for titling a piece of land under two acres is USD 34,000, many potential beneficiaries cannot afford this amount.”That’s a challenge. We have tried to arrange with some of the lending agencies – the PC (People’s Cooperative) Banks, the credit unions, to design some loan programmes specifically for this,” he told the House.
He further pointed to delays in the courts, noting that it takes close to a year to resolve matters dealing with the probate of letters of administration, or boundary or ownership disputes.
Golding informed that as part of the solution in addressing the court delays, the National Land Agency (NLA) recommended the establishment of a land court for each county. He has also expressed a willingness to consider the appointment of a full time paralegal and deputy registrar in the Supreme Court to deal with LAMP matters.
He however noted that he would have to seek guidance from the Chief Justice on the proposals.
Golding further said that the government would be seeking a grant from the Korea International Development Agency, which would enable implementation of LAMP across the entire island. “If we can get some additional resources, then we would be able to expand the staff and extend the designated areas to cover the remaining parishes,” continued Golding.
Source: Jamaica Information Service