A tablet-based mobile mass registration system, MASSREG software application, is developed and to be piloted to revolutionize the land registration process by enhancing accuracy, efficiency, and data security, according to the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) in Ethiopia.
Ethiopia has implemented one of the largest land registration and certification reforms in Africa. The Ethiopian government with support from development partners, including the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, via its implementation organization the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, is expected to register more than 50 million land parcels, and so far, demarcated 30 million parcels and issued land holding certificates for 28 million parcels.
While opening a workshop marking the end of the development of the MASSREG application, Mr. Tigistu G/Meskel, Lead Executive Officer at Rural Land Administration and Use (RLAU), MoA, noted that the land registration that has been conducted in two phases in the country has brought positive impacts in the land reform in terms of tenure security, increased investment, land productivity and land lease market activities, though there are still major challenges encountered in the initiatives. The second level land certification (SLLC) program is currently being implemented, however, the process is facing challenges, including data inaccuracy, resource inefficiency, and threats to data security, Mr. Tigistu added.
Mr. Tigistu disclosed that the MASSREG App would help to accelerate the land registration system enhancing accuracy, minimizing time, costs, and efforts. The app will be piloted in the coming year after correcting minor gaps seen in the app developed by SIVAN Design, a consulting company from Israel.
The GIZ Support to Responsible Agricultural Investment (S2RAI) project manager, Mr. Christian Mesmer said that the app would help to improve and simplify the land registration process through digitalization and creating a transparent registration procedure. He also noted that the MASSREG app is designed for compatibility with the existing National Rural Land Administration Information System (NRLAIS) of the country, and thus constitutes another component for the digitalization process of the Ethiopian land administration.
The MASSREG Application Development Closing Workshop was attended by key stakeholders including regional and federal government and representatives from international organizations. The workshop was held in Addis Ababa on November 16, 2023.