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    New Land Registration System Enhances Transparency and Provides Formal Title to Afghan Citizens

     

    New Land Registration System Enhances Transparency and Provides Formal Title to Afghan Citizens KABUL, AFGHANISTAN | February 04, 2013 – Land rights in Afghanistan are governed by overlapping and conflicting legal systems - informal systems, civil law, traditional practices, and municipal regulations. In many parts of the country, informal occupation of land brought about by conflict and displacement has further complicated the situation. The lack of a modern land management system has hindered private-sector investment, stunted economic growth, and fed instability. With support from USAID, a new land administration system is being utilized by the Afghanistan Land Authority (MAIL/Arazi) to identify land parcel boundaries and improve land administration practices. By replacing antiquated paper files, this modern, computerized land tenure system helps protect land owners against wrongful claims, including confiscation by the government. It monitors commercial land leases, tracks the collection of rent, and facilitates market land transactions for the private sector. For ordinary people, this means greater potential for formal ownership of land and protection of their rights; leading to greater confidence and investment. For business owners, it also means reduced opportunities for corruption, and greater business confidence, leading to greater investment and economic growth. For government, it means having a better understanding of the communities they service while supporting greater government revenues that can translate into improved public services. These improved services can translate into improved community confidence and increased stability. Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, Mohammed Asif Rahimi said “with these new systems to formalize land registration, the Afghan government is improving its ability to effectively track land ownership, attract private sector investment, create revenue and job opportunities, and provide a valuable service to our citizens.” Two informal settlements in Jalalabad will be upgraded – property data will be entered in the land management system and proper infrastructure will be installed. The communities’ priorities are being addressed in a jointly drafted upgrade plan, which will also include a plan for future maintenance of The American people, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, have provided economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide for more than 50 years.” The American people, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, have provided economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide for more than 50 years.”

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