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What’s Happening Now: World Bank Land & Poverty Conference

Aumentum, Blog March 19, 2015

On Monday, March 23rd, 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 helping to prioritize land issues on governments’ development agendas.

Thomson Reuters is a long-time partner of the World Bank for the Land & Poverty Conference, and we are a proud sponsor again this year. 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: Gasant Jacobs, Market Development Leader for Africa, will present a paper on Tuesday March 24th on the topic of technology and land rights. On Thursday, March 26th, Peter Baker of the National Land Agency (NLA) of Jamaica and Christopher Barlow, Director of Strategic Relations & Communications for Thomson Reuters, will present their paper on how Jamaica’s NLA has used Aumentum to improve efficiency and transparency in their estate management operations. Get the details of these presentations here.

Land policies to improve equity and promote investment: An African perspective

Hosted by Shaka Ssali of Voice of America, this panel discussion with leaders across Africa will cover how land policies can help improve equity and enhance investment, pointing toward positive examples that have emerged in the continent.  Get the information for attending this presentation here.

A Field Trip to Arlington County, Virginia

The World Bank and Thomson Reuters will be sponsoring a first ever field trip (as part of the conference) to nearby Arlington, Virginia where we will visit the County Assessor’s office.   This site visit will provide an overview of how this county values land and property. Participants will gain insights on how Arlington County has institutionalized technology to promote fair and equitable property tax collection while providing sustainable services to the public.  The agenda will include demonstrations of their CAMA (Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal) solution, as well as an introduction on how this office has integrated operations and information workflows with other county offices, such as the Land Records, Treasurer’s, and Planning departments.

Spotlight on Jamaica

We are very pleased that the National Land Agency (NLA) of Jamaica is sending a large delegation this year, led by CEO Elizabeth Stair.  Recently, the National Land Agency of Jamaica were the recipients of the 2014 Thomson Reuters Public Sector Champion Award for Business Process Transformation for their work in utilizing Aumentum in their offices. We are proud to support CEO Stair and the NLA in their pursuit of excellence in serving the citizens of Jamaica.

World Bank Booth and Innovation Fair

This year we will have Thomson Reuters representatives from around the world participating in the event. Stop by and visit our Thomson Reuters booth Monday evening through Thursday afternoon located in the World Bank atrium.

Additionally, on Thursday, March 26 we will participate in the World Bank’s first Innovation Fair, an opportunity for participants to explore new land management technologies.  At this fair, we will demonstrate how we continue to innovate in land and property information technology.

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.