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“A multi-stakeholder platform to be established to monitor the implementation of recommendations” – Owusu-Bio

Honourable Benito Owusu-Bio, Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources has stated that action will be taken immediately to establish a multi-stakeholder platform to monitor the implementation of the recommendations proposed by stakeholders at the first National Land Conference held in Accra.

As a key player in the conference’s organization, Mr Owusu-Bio urged everyone present to apply the same level of enthusiasm to enacting the solutions as they had shown in discussing them.

His remarks capped a four-day conference at which all major players in the land sector had gathered to discuss ways to work together for streamlined land administration.

In order to improve the openness and efficacy of land administration, he said, “the report emanating from this conference shall inform the next steps that the ministry and its agencies, in collaboration with the development partners and civil society organizations, will take.”

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The minister in charge of forestry expressed confidence that the attendees’ knowledge of the Land Act 2020 and the Land Use and Spatial Planning Act 2016 would increase by the end of the conference.

“Let’s all do our part to improve land administration together because while the political will is there, the government can’t do it on its own. This conference wouldn’t be worth it otherwise,” he added.

The participants at the maiden conference held three high-level policy dialogues and over twenty presentations during the 4-day conference. (Image: MLNR)

One of the recommendations is that;

The government should make surveying and mapping the boundaries of metropolitan, municipal, and district assemblies a top priority in order to reduce the numerous land ownership disputes that plague the country.

Draft a detailed plan for land registration as required by the Land Act of 2020 and the Constitution of 1992. (Act 1036).

Land use planning and spatial development are essential for rapid economic growth, and the government must map the country at large, medium, and small scales to make these processes easier and to provide resources for a holistic and participatory approach to land use planning.

A number of suggestions call for the government to assist all relevant parties and increase public understanding of Act 925 (Land Use and Spatial Planning Act) and Act 2020 (Land Act) (Act 1036).

According to Mr Quaynor, National Chairman of the Lands Commission, all of the data collected from the commission’s deliberations will be used to shape tangible plans for the upcoming review of the land policy of 1999.

He said that the organization will wait for further instructions from the Ministry and the government before putting into action its mandate to oversee the country’s land resources.


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