USAID, Govt. Dedicates Land Cadastre Building
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf by an executive order has instructed Lands, Mines and Energy Minister Dr. Eugene Shannon to immediately establish land cadastre at the ministry.
President Sirleaf made the statement during a dedicatory ceremony of the minerals cadastre building at the Lands, Mines and Energy Ministry during the week.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said that the executive order is to be executed within the next 12 months, “I am convinced that the problems which arise from our land tenure system and title administration will greatly diminish once we provide a modern land cadastre system possessing the capabilities of the mining cadastre facility we have commissioned today”, the President said through a prepared statement read on her behalf by Minister Eugene Shannon.
Commenting on the minerals cadastre, President Sirleaf said that the goal of the government is unequivocal, adding that the aim is to manage the exploration of the vast and diverse natural resources endowment to bring lasting economic benefits to the people.
“Mineral resources constitute an important part of this strategy; the facility we are commissioning today is an important tool for implementing this strategy the PRS).” The president said in statement.
According to her, the efficiency and reliability of the mining cadastre information management system will enhance the momentum of flow of private mining investment. She believes that the increased revenue, employment opportunities, the infrastructure development associated with large scale mining projects will result in tangible and lasting economic benefits to Liberian people.
United States Ambassador to Liberia, Madam Linda Thomas Greenfield, said that the process will enhance transparency, boost investor confidence and increase mining revenues. Ambassador Greenfield farther said that the automated system makes license granting and management processing more efficient and transparent.
“We strongly believe that the availability of accurate, up to date information on minerals assets is instrumental in realizing the true investment potential of the sector and in attracting potential investor”, she said.
Also speaking at the program, Deputy Minister at the Ministry ECB Jones indicated that the mineral cadastre will enable Liberia to join a select number of countries in Africa in facilitating managing right.