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Land bank data goes digital

January 22, 2010
Fiji to set up a Land Bank, which will make information on land for business and residential development readily available. 

Fiji Times Online
Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Fijitimes.com: Tenants will be able to access information on the availability of land parcels in Fiji for business and residential development through a newly established Land Bank.

Permanent Secretary for Lands, Maria Matavewa, said yesterday that under the new system, clients and customers will be provided with data and information on the land before they lease it.

She said by introducing this system, the Government will have to take into consideration the advance of new technologies to provide accurate information reflecting what is truly on the ground.

"We have to really engage in developing and putting in place Geo Special Data infrastructure to include digital mapping, survey planning infrastructure and the geological component of the land, and the sea that is surrounding us, all in terms of accessibility and availability and the utilisation preference for any particular piece of land," Ms Matavewa said.

This would require the strengthening and consolidation of the accuracy of the Geo technique network that is available in Fiji.

"We will have to bring it up to the standard that is internationally recognised," she said.

"When we look at the surveying done on all state and native land, it is critically important that we bring in this new network in order to improve the boundaries that we all have in Fiji."

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