LAA scoops best GIS usage Award in Southern Africa

LAA scoops best GIS usage Award in Southern Africa 

WHAT   : Press Conference

WHERE: Land Administration Authority offices

WHEN : Wednesday 10th November 2021

TIME : 10:00 am

The Land Administration Authority (LAA) scooped Special Achievement in GIS (Geographic Information System) (SAG) Award for usage of the latest technology in an effort to advance land administration services in the country. The LAA ranks among the 197 organisations and individuals in the world honoured with the prestigious annual SAG awards. The SAG Awards are intended to demonstrate an appreciation for organizations using GIS to understand complex data and meet challenges around the world. The users honoured with awards are demonstrating all the ground breaking possibilities of GIS software in various other fields such as in Academia, Health Sector, Utilities, Agriculture, but the LAA scooped the best award in the field of Land Records and cadastre.

The LAA represented Lesotho among the 14 other African Countries and only two in the Land Records and Cadastre category. The other being South Africa. Though nominations were received from over 100 000 eligible candidates the LAA was among the top five winners World wild. The LAA received the award for its innovative use of mapping and analytics technology, as well as leadership in the field of Land Administration and Cadastral Services.

The Awards were presented by Esri, the global leader in location intelligence on Thursday 4th November 2021 in an event that was held in Johannesburg at Esri South Africa offices.

The LAA has been entrusted by Government to be the custodian of spatial data and from the experience one of the aching issues within the Lesotho land tenure system is the matter of land disputes which have been proven to come from issues like duplications, encroachments and parcel boundaries therefore having a GIS technology in place will help with better geographic information and efficient service delivery encompassing online submissions by stakeholders.

The Award comes as a result of implementing the GIS system project that aims to have an integrated system to manage all land records efficiently in the country. This activity further directly responds to the Government’s initiative of improving the Investment Climate in the country in order to stimulate the economic activity by attracting both domestic and foreign investments. Through the system the LAA services can be accessed remotely by both stakeholders and customers. The project is supported by the World Bank through Private Sector Competitiveness for Economic Diversity Programme (PSCEDP). It indeed came at the right time when the COVID_19 pandemic drastically forced organisations to adopt to new technologies in order to minimize contact.

Your esteemed media house are therefore invited to a Press Conference as per the above to learn more on how through this project the country will benefit from both enhancing customer efficiency but also on improving Lesotho on the ease of Doing Business by the World Bank.

 

For further details Please Contact:

Mrs. Refiloe ‘Mateboho Makote, Manager Public Outreach on: +266 58103804

Tel:  +266 22214100

Email:  refiloe.monyake@laa.org.ls

Web:     www.laa.org.ls | Protecting Your Land Rights, Protecting You

 

Notes to editors

About Land Administration Authority

The Land Administration Authority (LAA) was established as an autonomous government body by the Land Administration Authority Act 2010 to modernize and improve land administration services and to reduce land transaction costs; the time it takes to acquire or dispose of a leasehold title to land.

More specifically, the LAA; administers the lease-holding land system (leasehold title, grant of consents for transactions and keep all land holding records); administers the land deeds registration system; administers cadastral surveys and all national spatial data; provides dispute resolution services for land matters; and advises the Minister of Local Government and Chieftainship and the Government of Lesotho on land administration laws and policies.

Project Goal

The project aims to have an integrated system to manage all our business activities efficiently: administration of the lease-holding land (leasehold title, grant of consents for transactions and keep all landholding records); administration of the land deeds registration system (records of transfers, mortgages, etc.); administration of surveying and mapping and all national spatial data (records of plots and land boundaries, large- and small-scale topographic maps, and geographic information); provision of disputes resolution services for land matters; and, advises to the Minister and Government of Lesotho on land administration

Business Problem Solved

We have managed to integrate all of our business processes/workflows under one system, less duplicates, less errors, improved downturn, and improved interconnectivity.

Migrated to cloud services for better storage and accessibility, less paperwork, and improved billing and payment systems.

 

Technology Implemented

Customised workflow manager, ArcPro & Portal (ESRI Enterprise), Collector and billing integration.

 



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