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The Role of Land Registration in Economic Recovery

Aumentum October 8, 2012

Land Registry’s Head of Global Engagement, Julie Barry, highlights the issues being examined at next week’s UNECE conference.

How can land registration authorities support recovery and impact the property market and the wider economy? We will be exploring this question with colleagues from around the world at a two-day conference of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s Working Party on Land Administration. Hosted by Land Registry and sponsored by Thomson Reuters, the conference takes place in London on 11 and 12 October 2012.

Sustainable land registration systems are taken for granted in most developed nations but many countries are not so fortunate. With 150 years of land registration experience, one of our key policies is to support government aims by developing sustainable land registration systems in other countries, particularly in those countries which may be fragile as a result of war, famine or natural disaster.

The conference brings together members of the United Nations, authoritative business, government, lending and land administration experts and leading academics to share expertise and debate what can be done to restore confidence and improve the global economy. I am delighted that over 120 delegates are attending from member countries of the UNECE which extend from North America, through Europe and across Central Asia.

Conference Key Themes

Highlights of the conference include the keynote session Re-building Confidence in the Lending Market, in which Paul Broadhead Head of Mortgage Policy at the Building Societies Association will explore the UK lending environment as his organisation currently perceives it.

A panel discussion, chaired by Axel Threlfall, lead news anchor for Reuters Television, will continue this theme. Delegates will be able to pose questions directly to me and to prominent experts in the field including Brian Emmott from the UNECE and Desmond Hudson, Chief Executive of The Law Society for England and Wales.
Other themes to be explored include a session on Providing Data to Stimulate Investment Growth, which looks at widening data sets to provide more authoritative and up to date property-related information. Our Chairman Mark Boyle leads this session with insights from Ralph Luck OBE, Director of Property at the UK Olympic Delivery Authority.

On day two, we focus on online land administration with a session on using Technology to Support Efficient Lending with speakers from the Council of Mortgage Lenders, the World Bank, EULIS and Thomson Reuters. Key themes for this session will be on using electronic conveyancing to speed up property transactions and reduce the possibility of identity and mortgage fraud.

Follow the Conference Live

Non-delegates will be able to follow the discussions via live tweets and download the presentations from the Land Registry website. Anyone with an interest in international land registration issues can also join the LinkedIn group in order to network before, during and after the event.