Tanzania Learns Land Management Insights from Jamaican National Land Agency

Kingston, Jamaica – February 3rd, 2010 – International Land Systems (ILS), Inc. recently led a Study Tour of senior Government officials of the United Republic of Tanzania to the Jamaican National Land Agency (NLA) to study their modern integrated Land Registry and Cadastre system. The Study Tour is part of an ILS World Bank contract to conduct a land title registry needs assessment as part of the World Bank’s Private Sector Competitiveness Project.

Heading the eight member Tanzania delegation was Mr. Patrick Rutabanzibwa, Permanent Secretary of Tanzania.  During their week-long study program, the group became acquainted with the ILS Land Registry and Cadastre systems currently in place at the NLA to understand how they interface with other government departments, including Land Titles, Survey & Mapping, Land Valuation and Estate Management. The delegation was able to view a "live" production environment that actively supports high volumes of daily land transactions.

Through presentations and discussions, the Jamaican NLA shared valuable lessons with the Tanzanian group.  Common linkages included intra-Government departmental coordination, staff training, data issues, financial management, as well as software and hardware requirements and procurement. The delegation was also educated on the NLA’s history, its responsibility as an executive agency, and duties as a corporate planning office. 

According to Mr. Rutabanzibwa, the study tour successfully provided comparable experiences and lessons from Jamaica to his homeland Tanzania. Mr. Elias Wikama Nyabusani, Director of Management Information System, Ministry of Lands, Housing & Human Settlements Development in Tanzania, remarked, “I am very impressed with the systems, support, and relationship that ILS has provided in Jamaica and how it manages the surveys and the titles. The ability to customize it is very important to us and I hope to see our offices using this so that we may speed up our transactions.” 
About International Land Systems
International Land Systems (ILS), Inc.: ILS is a multinational Information Technology company based in Silver Spring, MD. ILS specializes in creating customized software and Internet solutions for geospatial and land-based applications, such as Land Information Systems (LIS), land records, deeds, registers, cadastre and title registration systems in addition to providing professional services relating to land administration, worldwide. ILS Inc. has subsidiary offices in Ukraine and Bolivia. For more information pertaining to ILS visit www.landsystems.com.