Land Commission Makes Landmark Accomplishments

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    President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has submitted to the National Legislature, a Draft Act to Create the Liberia Land Authority (LLA), for consideration and passage into law. This follows the submission in December 2014, of the Land Rights Act, for which public hearings were held on August 10, 2015.
    The LLA seeks to remove the land functions from several ministries and agencies of government and transfer these functions to the Liberia Land Authority, the proposed institutional framework for land governance, land administration and land use and management.
    Already, the Land Commission has been working assiduously to secure funding from partners especially the World Bank and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for implementation of the LLA and the Land Rights Act, when both are enacted into law by the National Legislature. Funding for implementation of customary land rights of communities is part of the envisaged donor support to the land sector.
    The Chairman of the Land Commission (LC), Dr. Cecil Brandy during the week participated in a teleconference with the World Bank and discussed issues related to the implementation of the Liberia Land Administration Project (LLAP). He also attended the inception workshop of a USAID-funded Land Governance Support Project (LGSP), which will provide complementary support to World Bank project.
    The USAID-funded project will focus on strengthening the policy, legal and regulatory framework for land governance, improve human and institutional capacity for land governance, conduct action research on key elements of the Land Rights Policy, and strengthen civil society, private sector, and citizen engagement in land governance.
    Chairman Brandy is quite optimistic that the Government of Liberia will provide the much needed support to this milestone endeavor to assist the Liberia Land Authority when it becomes established and operational.

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