Under contract with USAID, the landfolio team, in partnership with Booz-Allen & Hamilton, successfully developed a legal and regulatory framework and implemented privatization and registration of agricultural and enterprise land on a massive scale in Georgia. As a result, more than one million agricultural land parcels were surveyed, mapped, registered and titled. All parcel boundary and ownership rights were legally validated and registered at district registries and protected by Georgian law based on numerous legal and regulatory measures drafted, advocated and enacted as a result of the USAID Land Markets Project initiatives.
More than 7,000 enterprises had their land plots privatized and registered. Using the registration system established by the landfolio team, more than 1,200 enterprises re-sold all or portions of their unwanted land to other private investors, whose resulting ownership rights were properly registered. Moreover, more than 1,700 commercial mortgages were registered as well, using the approaches and methods described herein. All work was performed by Georgian real estate services firms trained to assist in documentation and registration of rights arising from privatization and secondary transactions. The goal accomplished privatization and title issuance of 100,000 agricultural land and 2,000 enterprise land parcels.
Under the USAID/CAR Financial Sector Initiative (Contract No. 115-C-00-00-00017), Trimble's landfolio team prepared, with The Pragma Corporation, an assessment of the current real estate registration system and the real estate market in the Republic of Kazakhstan. In addition to analyzing the current situation and conditions pertaining to real property registration, this assessment identified the requirements for introducing a private title insurance industry for residential housing in Kazakhstan. The tasks included:
Trimble's landfolio team determined the feasibility for the development and implementation of an automated and integrated land record and taxation system using GIS technology and relational databases over a distributed network environment, while customizing the tools, functionality and requirements of the integrated system to meet the needs specific to local municipalities in Turkey. The Municipality of Küçükçekmece agreed to be the model municipality and project partner for this study. The resultant model is now being evaluated for implementation and utilization throughout local governments in Turkey. The increased tax revenues generated by such a modern taxation system will assist Turkey to further stabilize its economy and bring more transparency and efficiency to its municipalities, while reinforcing the positive and strategic relationship between the U.S. and Turkey.
The Municipality of Bayrampasa is located in Istanbul, Turkey on the European side of the Bosphorus River. The municipality has a population of approximately 300,000 persons and approximately 36,000 real property parcels. The project was for the data development of three mahallesi (sectors) within the Municipality, as part of a larger development effort that will be forthcoming from this Municipality. The landfolio team's efforts resulted in the creation of a "clean" database that contains all updated addresses and ownership information, as well as a link to the land registry office.