Belize’s Ministry of Natural Resources Launches “Landfolio 7” Digital System
Minister of Natural Resources, Cordel Hyde, has announced that his ministry is on the way to launching an improved digital land administration and management platform. The “Landfolio 7” system is a digital software used to process land transactions at the Lands and Surveys and Land Registry departments, and should be up and running in one month. Minister Hyde says it is a part of the essential reform being undertaken in his ministry to improve services and stimulate investment.
Cordel Hyde, Minister, Minister of Natural Resources, Petroleum & Mining: “While work is not yet done we believe we are making strides in the right direction. Through our Land Registry Department, we provide an up-to-date, impartial and trusted system of registering legal interest in land. And this enables the all too important and continual movement in land interests between citizens, businesses, public bodies and financial institutions to take place with unabated confidence. That’s not to say that the system is incorruptible. No system is, but our system is backed by a sterling judicial system where property is secured and justice is esteemed. We’re also presently working judiciously to enhance service delivery in all land transactions. The ministry is proud to announce that just a month ago we launched Landfolio 7, an upgrade from Landfolio 2, which we consider a major milestone for land administration and management. Landfolio is a leading land management software suite that all the departments under our ministry will utilize to automate and integrate all key land management processes and workflows. This upgrade will increase efficient processing of our land transactions enable us at the ministry to provide much improved service to all our customers. As a web-based software suite, Landfolder 7 will allow us to advance the digitization of land transactions and to modernize our land administration and management system. The software streamlines our current workflows, is more user-friendly and has improved reporting capabilities to better monitor staff productivity. It allows for the eventual integration of an online portal with multiple functionalities such as filing digital applications, making online payments, database search, and application tracking. This is an exciting and long-awaited development for us and whilst there are teething pains, we think Landfolio 7 a game changer.”
The ministry issued a release earlier today, stating that training on the new system will begin on Tuesday, September 5 through to the 9th. As a result, the ministry is advising the public that while the offices will be open, business will be conducted at a moderate pace, and service may be slow to limited at the offices countrywide. A normal flow is expected to resume by Monday, September 12.