Agreement signed for digital land registry

MyVueNews Staff-writer

 

AG Byron (L) and Ambassador Chiou sign LAIS agreement.

Basseterre, St. Kitts, 3rd July, 2018 (MyVueNews.com) – St. Kitts and Nevis is about to start a multi-million-dollar digitised Land Administration Information System (LAIS), with the signing of an agreement with the Republic of China (Taiwan).

According to experts in the field, the LAIS will enable users seeking information to obtain that information in a timely and efficient manner.

Attorney General Vincent Byron said it will be a process of converting data on paper into a digital format. 

The signing took place at the Ocean Terrace Inn on 2nd July, 2018.

AG Byron explained, “It will allow us to take not just the documents themselves but the plans and store them in a computer that can be accessed, searched online. We can have our practitioners, the various stakeholders access them from in their offices, but it is the next step to make the whole question of lands more efficient.”

Republic of China Resident Ambassador George Gow-Wei Chiou said that having such a system in place will be extremely important to the Federation.

Ambassador Chiou stated, “The development of a computerized land registry administration is important to accommodate the upcoming need for government’s infrastructure and private sector investments”

The new computerized land registry systems will ensure the security of data transmission and storage.

The cost of the LAIS project is USD $2, 046, 475. ROC (Taiwan) will contribute $1, 496, 475, while the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis will contribute $550,000.

Attorney General Byron said that such efficiencies will continue to improve St. Kitts and Nevis’ standing in the ease of doing business.

Registrar of Lands Dawn Myers indicated the the LAIS will save users a lot of frustration and time.

Myers explained, “The establishment of a dedicated Land Registry in St. Kitts with a branch in Nevis is a historic event.  In times past, legal transactions relating to registering property were being dealt with in the High Court Registry along with all of the other legal matters for example Probate, Deed Poll, criminal matters and divorce.”

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