II Conference and Meeting of the Inter-American Network on Cadastre and Property Registry

Sep 28, 29 and 30, 2016 – Panamá Hotel Panama City, Republic of Panama

The sustainable development goals (SDGs) set forth by the 2030 development agenda pose pressing challenges to public administrations for their achievement.  For land administration this is not an exception; it is a given based on the acknowledgement that each of the development goals circumscribe to a physical, real, geographic space, better known as territory. The level of the countries’ land administration readiness, capabilities and coverage over a territory could be detrimental or favorable for the achievement of the SGDs.

Cadastre and property registry are two basic and essential functions of a State in order to strengthen land administration towards SGDs achievement. On the one hand, the cadastre provides key data on physical aspects of the territory, while the property registry provides the legal one. Together, these two fundamental aspects of public administration offer a unique governance data platform that reveals the physical and legal certainty over a territory. This contributes among others to strengthen the rule of law and socioeconomic development, but also to sustainable cities, poverty reduction, greater food security, citizens’ health and wellbeing, clean water, energy, and to reduce inequality.

Aware of the significance of these two aspects of public administration, the national authorities on cadastre and property registry of the countries of the Americas convened the establishment of an Inter-American mechanism to exchange experiences, knowledge, and cooperation for the improvement of their land administrations. This regional mechanism created in 2015 is named the Inter-American Network on Cadastre and Property Registry.

Hosted in 2016 by the National Land Administration Authority of Panama (ANATI) and the Panamanian Public Registry (RPP), the Network holds its II Annual Meeting with the purpose of deepening the regional dialogues and exchanges launched in 2014 towards stronger cadastre and property registry policies and institutions.