GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA

MINISTRY OF LANDS AND NATURAL RESOURCES

   

PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION IN THE NEXT PHASE OF

GHANA’S LAND ADMINISTRATION REFORMS

.MARKET SOUNDING EVENT.

 

 

Background

 

The Government of Ghana has been implementing land administration reforms intervention to address the critical bottlenecks which hinder modernized land administration systems. Whiles some achievements have been recorded as a result of the various efforts over the years, there is the broader consensus that the structural challenges which obstruct effective land service delivery have not been addressed. Therefore, land service delivery across the country remains problematic, often characterized by delays, poor records management, rent seeking behaviour and inability of the land administration system to guarantee the needed security of land rights, a situation that eventually undermines mortgage markets and to a large extent, efficient financial sector for the economy.

Based on lessons from the past and Government’s commitment to leverage the potential in the private sector to complement Government’s efforts towards addressing critical national development challenges, the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources intends to create opportunity for private sector participation in the delivery of land administration services. In this regard, the Ministry is seeking private sector participation in two thematic areas. These are

        i.            Thematic Area 1: Digitisation of Land Records, Automation of Business Processes and Decentralisation of the Lands Commission

      ii.            Thematic Area 2: Infrastructure for Spatial Data and Spatial Data Management

 

Thematic Area 1: Digitisation of Land Records, Automation of Business Processes and Decentralisation of the Lands Commission

 

The bulk of the relevant records for land administration across the country is in paper and hard copy format. Although some efforts have been made to convert existing legacy records into digital format, there is still significant outstanding land records which should be digitised in order to enable complete automation of land services.

The digitisation of the records is expected to set the tone for complete automation of the business processes at the Lands Commission. The automation is aimed at speeding up processes at the Lands Commission as well as ensuring that there is interconnectivity between the national land records database and strategic allied institutions such as Banks and other financial institutions, National Identification Authority, Ghana Revenue Authority and the Courts among others.  The essence is to ensure that land administration, which is a cross cutting subject focussed on the reliability, accuracy, availability and currency of land records is effectively woven into the various building blocks required for national development. Digitisation and Automation is expected to build on the Ghana Enterprise Land Information System at the Lands Commission which is at an advanced stage of development.

Part of the reforms in this thematic area will involve vigorous and meaningful decentralisation of the Lands Commission. The current institutional architecture of the Lands Commission is concentrated at the regional and national levels. There is the need to move land services closer to the grassroots, in line with the nation’s agenda to use decentralisation as a catalyst for national development. We are therefore seeking to create Satellite Offices of the Lands Commission for designated zones across the country.

 

Thematic Area 2: Infrastructure for Spatial Data and Spatial Data Management

 

Another area of the land administration reform which government is seeking collaboration with the private sector is the establishment and management of Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS). Current analysis indicate that 40 to 50 CORSs will be required nationwide. Government is also seeking private sector investment in the production of Sectional Maps from orthophoto maps and other spatial data which will be procured as part of this phase of the reforms

 

 

Market Sounding Event Details

On the basis of the above, a market sounding event is being organized by the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources (MLNR) as follows

 

Venue:  Kempinski Hotel

Date: 30th April, 2018

Time: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

 

 

Expectation

 

This market sounding event is expected to provide the platform for interested parties to engage the Ministry and ask some fundamental questions about this proposed arrangement of involving the private sector in aspects of Ghana’s land administration.  This event will also offer opportunity to interested parties to network for possible future collaboration. Ultimately, this Market Sounding event is setting in motion series of activities which will result in the investment of private sector capital and technology towards achieving both Thematic Area 1 and Thematic Area 2. These two Thematic Areas are critical because they will contribute significantly towards reducing the turnaround time for title and deed registration to a maximum period of 30 days.

 

Confirmation of Participation

 

Interested parties should confirm their interest to participate in this event by sending email to "This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." on or before 23rd April, 2018. Interested parties should state clearly whether their interest is in Thematic Area 1, Thematic Area 2 or both.

Contact Number: 0244771355