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Célestin The innovations of the DRC against land conflicts presented at the 4th CLPA

Kinshasa, November 3rd, 2021 (CPA).- The Minister in charge of Land Affairs, Aimé Molendo Sakombi presented on Monday at the 4th Conference on Land Policy in African Countries (CLPA 2021), which is being held from November 1st to 4th, 2021 in Kigali, the measures taken by the DRC, supposed to put an end to land conflicts. “We found that 80% of the cases brought before the courts and tribunals were real estate. In two years, we have succeeded in drafting new land policies that would soon be submitted to the government for deliberation,”said Aimé Molendo Sakombi in his speech, sharing his country’s experience on land challenges and the innovations required. The Minister of Land Affairs expressed the wish to maintain special relations with his Rwandan counterpart in order to examine in depth the Rwandan model for the management of this sector. CLPA 2021 opened with calls for pro-poor land policies, equal access to land ownership especially for women and youth. This conference brings together African policymakers, government experts, academics, researchers, traditional authorities, civil society leaders and other non-state actors as well as representatives of the private sector and international development partners to discuss the future of land policy in Africa. This will promote improved networking, partnerships and resources for governance and land policy in Africa. Under the theme « Land governance for the safeguard of art, culture and heritage for the Africa we want », a theme in line with the declaration of the African Union of 2021 as the year of the Arts, culture and heritage, these meetings take place in a hybrid format, combining virtual sessions with face-to-face activities in Kigali, Rwanda. CLPA is a biennial organized by the African Center for Land Policy, a joint initiative of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the African Union Commission and the African Development Bank. The objective of the African Land Policy Conference is to strengthen commitment and capacity in the development, implementation and monitoring of land policies in Africa, by improving the access to knowledge and information to support the creation of evidence-based land policies.

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