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Squatting: Major issue affecting gov’t's land divestment opportunities

Published:Saturday | October 12, 2013 | 7:53 AM

Opposition senator, Alexander Williams, says the legislation aimed at streamlining the divestment of government-owned lands needs to speak to a wider policy of land registration.



Pointing out that more than 50 per cent of land in Jamaica is unregistered, Senator Williams said this has affected the country’s ability to take up certain investment opportunities.



And he added that another part of the problem is the culture of squatting on land in Jamaica.



He was speaking as the Senate yesterday debated the Crown Property (Vesting) Act which will set up a Land Divestment Advisory Committee.



The committee will have responsibility for considering applications for divestment made to the Commissioner of Lands and for making recommendations to the responsible cabinet Minister.



However, while welcoming efforts to greater streamline the divestment of government-owned lands, opposition members in the Senate called for comprehensive reform of the process.



The Act was later passed without amendments.



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