The Minister of Lands Country Planning and the Environment, Dr. Denis M. Sandy has said in Freetown during a round table discussion on the effects of existing land laws on investment and development in Sierra Leone that the existing land laws must be amended to meet the needs of the modern society.
The round table discussion which was held yesterday at the Miatta Conference Centre attracted a lot of participants ranging from government Ministries, Nongovernmental organizations, the private sector, parliamentarians etc.
The Minister disclosed that as a demonstration of his Ministries determination to ensure that the country has a National Land Policy that provides an enabling environment for business to thrive a steering committee which comprises experts from key institutions has already been formed to expedite the process.
“Very soon we are going to organize consultative meetings with all stakeholders in all thirteen districts in the country and we shall document all recommendations for inclusion in the National Land Policy” He added.
The Attorney General and Minister of Justice A.F Serry- Kamal in his keynote address disclosed that the new National Policy on Land will change the face of the country’s land tenure system and it will move from registration of instrument to registration of titles.
He also assured that all matters relating to land laws in the country will closely be looked into to ensure that the land system represents the interest of diverse interest groups.
The round table discussion was highly participatory as presentations were made by various stakeholder groups in topics like Accessing Land for development from the perspective of the foreign investor, Land as resources for economic growth and development from the perspective of local investors, Justifications and priorities for land law reforms etc.