Sri Lanka launches first Digital Land Registry Service pilot project in Colombo
The government of Sri Lanka has reportedly launched the first Digital Land Registry Service (DLRS) at the Colombo Land Registry as a pilot project.
Sri Lanka’s Irrigation Minister and State Minister of National Security, Home Affairs and Disaster Management, Chamal Rajapaksa, Ministry of Defence Secretary Gen. (Rtd) Kamal Gunaratne and Registrar General K.P. Dharamathilaka had attended the launch.
The government has announced that it plans to launch the service at 45 Registrar offices countrywide by the end of the year.
The DLRS will use the ‘e-land’ software to digitally register land ownership documentation with the aim of streamlining the process and doing away with shortcomings of the previous paper-based system, local media reports stated.
The government has said it also expects the DLRS to reduce land ownership irregularities, speed up trade and improve the ease of doing business in the country.
“The computerized system will be more efficient and deliver the public a range of new services. It will also mean that the public will not have to deal with middle men and the possibility of irregularities or falsification of documents will substantially reduce,” the government has said in a statement.
The government of Sri Lanka is committed to transform the country into an e-economy giving priority to the digitisation of key economic sectors/institutions. This has resulted in the expansion of business/investment opportunities in Sri Lanka’s ICT/digital infrastructure development sectors. Foreign ICT companies could therefore explore opportunities in Sri Lanka’s ICT/digital infrastructure development sectors. After all, Sri Lanka’s geographical positioning in the Indian Ocean and the many trade agreements as well as trade concessions enjoyed by the country have made it a business hub in the South Asian region.
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