|Convinced that secure land tenure is one of the pillars of development, the Higher Council of Notaries is raising awareness in Francophone countries about this sensitive issue. A delegation of French and Cameroonian notaries first travelled to Yaounde (Cameroon) in April 2010 and now it is on to Bamako (Mali) with a trip from April 14 to 15, 2011.|
At the invitation of the Francophonie Parliamentary Assembly, Maître Nourissat, Maître Devynck (French notaries), and Abdoulaye Harissou (Cameroonian notary) took the floor in front of a hundred parliamentarians from Niger, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Senegal, Togo, and Mali.
The seminar’s goal was threefold:
– inform about concrete efforts that can be undertaken in view of rendering land tenure more secure,
– record parliamentarians’ views on a number of land-related issues to enable the development of a concerted framework for efforts to support land title,
– encourage parliamentarians to accomplish their own field projects to educate local populations about reforms that could be initiated.
The many debates that followed the three roundtables were proof of the interest of parliamentarians in this issue that is political, economic, and social.
With the support of the President of the Chamber of Notaries of Mali, Ms. Fatima Dicko Zouboye, the CSN was able to meet the new Malian Minister of Housing, Land Affairs and Planning and the Director of the domains. During their meeting, the Minister agreed for a land audit to be carried out in the very near future by French notaries.
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|Statement of the Francophonie Parliamentary Assembly on land titling in Africa|
“The Africa Regional Assembly, having met in Dakar on May 18 and 19, 2009 and having heard members of the Association of Francophone Notaries speak on issues of land titling in Africa,