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UK shares experience in land registration with Vietnam TTXVN

The United Kingdom’s experience in land registration and land information system (LIS) was shared at a seminar co-hosted by the Vietnam General Department of Land Administration and the UK Embassy in Vietnam on August 31.
In her opening remarks, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Thi Phuong Hoa said that the implementation of the Land Law 2013, land registration work and the building of the LIS have so far gained positive results. 
More than 70 percent of the nation’s surface area has been measured and mapped, while 96.9 percent of land that requires certification of land ownership certified. 
A total of 117 out of the 713 administrative units at the district level in 32 cities and provinces have officially put land-related databases into use. The databases of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, the northern city of Hai Phong, the central city of Da Nang, and Binh Duong, as well as Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Vinh Long provinces have been connected to the Vietnam General Department of Taxation, Hoa said.
Victoria Abbott, a representative from HM Land Registry of the UK, shared that her office has only one land registration system with 14 bureaus across the country.
Maintaining the system is complicated work, as land registration is related to ensuring the upkeep of land use rights. Along with obeying legal regulations, land planning and withdrawal may depend on political priorities, she said.
The official stressed that the registration of land-use rights aims to balance and protect people’s rights related to land, within the legal framework.
Joy Bailey, also from the UK’s land registry office, said that the Vietnam General Department of Land Administration could consider applying a similar approach.
LIS may have bureaus across the nation, but is controlled by only one office to ensure consistency, she added.
At the seminar, participants also made recommendations on development orientations for land administration in general, and on land registration and the building of LIS in particular. –VNA/VNP