World Bank Wants To Help on Land Reform

The World Bank says it wants to spearhead efforts to support the government’s ambitious land-reform plans. Bonaventure Mbida-Essama, bank’s country representative, said Wednesday that the bank will help Cambodia raise $500,000 from donors toward the preparation of a comprehensive land management and administration project.

“The government and donors have a full agreement on the importance of land reform,” said Mbida-Essama. He noted a bank’s mission on land issues last month found land reform urgent, given the rising trend in land disputes and landlessness. According to the Ministry of Land Manage­ment and Construction, the government has proposed a 10-year, $100 million land project that would include the mapping and registering of every piece of land on a national land title registry. A pilot project on mapping properties already is under way.



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