On Monday, March 24th, Thomson Reuters kicks off our involvement in the World Bank’s Annual Land & Poverty Conference held in Washington, D.C. With a global gathering of more than 1000 government, academic, and civil society representatives, this conference is driving land issues to ascending heights on governments’ international development agendas.
As the new Vice President of International Operations for the Government business, this will be my first time participating at this conference. I am excited to listen in on sessions, to meet customers and partners, and to be a part of this community.
In the past 12 months Thomson Reuters has recruited many new colleagues to join our Team, which supports government with technical solutions for land administration, cadastral management, and property valuation and tax systems. As such, there are a number of new Team members who will join us this year at the Land & Poverty conference. Throughout the conference, we will host conversations with global customers, prospects and partners. For those attending the conference, please do visit us.
Thomson Reuters is a long-time partner of the World Bank for the Land & Poverty Conference, and this year is no exception. Here’s a run-down of just some of the thought provoking activities for this year’s Conference in which Thomson Reuters is involved:
Paper Presentations & Panel Discussions: Robert Buergenthal, Senior Director-Strategy, will chair a panel Monday, March 24th, discussing mapping community land rights. On Tuesday, March 25th, Gasant Jacobs, Market Development Leader for Africa, will present on state-owned land management systems highlighting the success of our customers in Jamaica and the State of Minnesota. And on Thursday, March 27th, Tom Walsh, our Managing Director, will present on the need to drive standardization in the land information and property industry, focusing on examples of how our customers have achieved better economics of scale by leveraging best practices, and by remaining evergreen on the most advanced technologies.
Spotlight on Uganda: We are very pleased that the Ugandan government is sending a large delegation, led by the Minister of Lands & Housing – Daudi Migereko – to Washington D.C. to participate in the Conference. Recently, the Ministry completed a highly visible national land registry and cadastre project for the country, which was supported by Thomson Reuters. As a result, the Ministry is providing more secure land rights to millions of citizens. At the Conference, Richard Oput, Project Director from the Ugandan Ministry of Lands & Housing, will present early successes from this project on Thursday the 27th. Minister Migereko, in addition to his activities at the Conference, will appear on a live Voice of America Straight Talk Africa program Wednesday, March 26th at 6:30 pm UTC to discuss the reform effort. Tune in here to view the live program.
Journalist Training Program: Through this year’s conference, the Thomson Reuters Foundation is supporting the World Bank and USAID in the organization of a journalist training program. Young journalists from a number of developing countries will be trained on the importance that land rights have on social and economic development. As these journalists will be embedded in the conference, watch for daily articles from them posted to trust.org – the Foundation’s news source.
Technology Training: Nigel Edmead, Director of Training for Thomson Reuters, will lead an interactive learning session during the conference on Aumentum Registry. Nigel will demonstrate how the key functional benefits and features of our system have supported governments as they modernize their land information systems. If you will be attending the conference and are interested in attending, please do join us. The session will take place on Wednesday, March 26th from 12:00 – 1:30 pm EST, room C2-131.
For those not attending, you can follow our activities at the conference by monitoring our LinkedIn page or Twitter feed. Also, check back to our blog for further commentary from our team and partners.
Thomson Reuters is grateful to the World Bank for their outstanding efforts to yet again organize and host this important event.