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02-04: Towards Regional Cooperation on Land Governance in the Arab States
10:30am - 12:00pm
Session Chair: Franck Bousquet, World Bank, United States of America
The round table "Towards a regional cooperation on land governance for promoting peace, stability and development in the Arab States" is a milestone in the regional cooperation process initiated by the Global Land Tool Network in partnership with UN-Habitat and the World Bank.
In September 2016, the Global Land Tool Network, UN-Habitat, World Bank, FAO, ILC, the Urban Training and Studies Institute and the Swiss Development Cooperation, brought together, in Amman, a group of technical experts and development partners from the Arab region to address land governance issues in the Arab region.
The expert group identified land and conflict, fit-for-purpose land administration, women access to land, management of public land, land based investments, environment and climate change as priority focus themes and agreed on Knowledge sharing, capacity development and regional cooperation as key areas of work to promote land governance in the region
The meeting also agreed on a joint vision: “All the people in the Arab countries enjoy equal and affordable access to land, peace, stability and economic growth, to be achieved with good land policies and transparent, efficient and affordable land administration systems”.
Building on the discussions in Amman, this round table will be articulated around few key note presentations revolving around the following topics:
A strategic vision for regional cooperation in the Arab Region: capacity development and knowledge sharing
Country experiences showing success in translating good land registration/land administration into good land governance (land use planning, increased access to land for all, etc.)
Challenges of Land Issues to Attract Investments in Kuwait
Hasan Ali Kamal
Municipal Council of Kuwait, Kuwait
Land Systems to Promote Real Estate Investments
Dubai Land Department, United Arab Emirates
A Strategic Vision for Regional Cooperation in the Arab Region
Ministry of Finance, Lebanon (Lebanese Republic)
Importance of Regional Cooperation to Promote Land Governance in the Arab World