Rwanda has been elected to chair the Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), where it is represented by the Minister of Natural Resources, Dr Vincent Biruta.
The position has emerged from elections held during the 10th meeting of ministers of natural resources from East and Southern Africa countries in Kigali from 21st to 22nd November 2016.
The meeting aims at seeking to explore ways of using technology in land management to promote economies, protect environment and effectively manage land in the region.
Dr Biruta replaces Ethiopia’s minister of Natural resources, Dr Yinager Desse Belay who led RCMRD since 2014.
The meeting is held bi-annually during which the country to chair RCMRD is elected.
The Director of Rwanda Natural Ressources Authority (RNRA), Dr Emmanuel Nkurunziza has said that Rwanda joined RCMRD in 2013 to partner with other countries in proper land management.
” Rwanda has a stand and I think we share a lot with people coming to our country which is seen through having the land of all citizens registered,” he said.
He explained that these achievements add to having embraced electronic system of keeping files and facilitating people to identify owner of a property using mobile phones.
The World Bank’s report on easing business indicated that Rwanda tops Africa and 4th globally in terms of land registration.
RCMRD was established in 1975, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya with 20 member states from Eastern Africa including; Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.