RSI will design and carry out the first phase of its Salvadoran Property Information Network project in El Salvador.

The Information and Communication Technologies Development Group (ICT Dev Group) of RADARSAT International (RSI) announced today that it will design and carry out the first phase of its Salvadoran Property Information Network (SPIN) project in El Salvador. SPIN will provide the Government of El Salvador, clients, and stakeholders with equitable access to property information and user applications in support of land regularization, investment and property rights in El Salvador.

This first phase of SPIN involves a feasibility study that will examine and assess the potential design and implementation needs of SPIN, as well as provide technical assistance and training. Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) agreed to contribute financial support valued at CAD 596,000 to the project.

SPIN will house information such as property coordinates, cadastral images and natural hazard risk maps that will be available for on-line ordering. By designing a centralized information network, the ease by which a person can obtain information is greatly improved, and a substantial reduction in current administration delays will be realized.

SPIN will be conducted in partnership with El Salvador's National Registry - Centro Nacional de Registro (CNR).

Felix Garrid Safie, Executive Director of CNR, said: "The expected benefits resulting from this study and the implementation of its findings are substantial for El Salvadorans living at home and abroad. We expect that the study will indicate that costs, timeliness, and administration of real estate transactions will improve; the inflow of capital from outside land and business investors will increase; and inheritance of property will be simplified."

R. Shawn Burns, Director of the ICT Dev Group said "SPIN will support the Government of El Salvador's goal to provide accessible government services and information to its citizens and clients and build national capacities for Knowledge Management."

This project is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).