• ARAZI, the newly independent land authority, was created in 2009 by consolidating several government units to address the vast challenges of land administration and management.
  • ARAZI is responsible for land management in the fields of tenure clarification, resolving land disputes, leasing and transfer of land, recording and surveying of land, and other land issues.
  • Although reforms have been instituted to improve capacity, comprehensive dissemination, strengthening of, and delegation to regional offices, necessary and significant challenges remain for this to be successful.
  • One of the immediate challenges ARAZI faces is the need to increase its human and institutional capacity.
  • The recently developed land strategy document provides a series of recommendations for the political, legal, organizational, financial, operational, monitoring and evaluation, cadaster and dispute resolution issues. 
  • The current governance framework will provide ARAZI with the organizational and operational means to provide its services in an open and transparent manner.
  • With respect to specific land services demands, the majority is expected to be generated by the major national infrastructure investments, which are being prepared (but not implemented) under the National and Regional Resource Corridors Program (NRRCP).
  • As part of the preparatory process, along with feasibility studies and Environmental and Social Impact Assessments, ARAZI will conduct cadaster surveys and land clearance as preconditions for sector ministry land acquisition as part of investment operations subsequent to the NRRCP. 
  • ARAZI’s functions regarding land management also includes the identification of state land to lease to private investors, which will also be a key activity under the NRRCP Secretariat.

Updated October 31, 2013