National Land Law key to addressing land rights issues

With a commitment to ensuring a National Land Law, which can guarantee sustainable land management, land rights, protect the rights of ethnic minority communities, sustainable socio economic development and food security, the Union Government is working on amending the existing laws related to land management.
According to the third meeting of the Work Committee on Drafting the National Land Law and Harmonization of Laws Related to Land Management held yesterday, the seven sub-committees collected a total of 172 suggestions following online consultation with the public and a range of relevant stakeholders.
To ensure that there is a consistent, fair and equitable land governance framework, the suggestions and pragmatic ways should be taken into consideration.
As the work on drafting the National Land Law continues, further participation of the people and inviting their suggestions should be given priority in the coming processes.

As the work on drafting the National Land Law continues, further participation of the people and inviting their suggestions should be given priority in the coming processes.

It is worth noting that the points related with the land sector approved at the sessions of the Union Peace Conference- 21st Century Panglong and other points for post-2020 period related with land sector would be incorporated into the draft of the law.
Besides, to ensure systematic utilization and management of land resources in our country, it is required to take into consideration the suggestions from the technical advisory group on reviewing and amending the laws related to land use and management and the rule of law.
In our country, there is an urgent need for harmonization between laws related to land management. The laws also need to be consistent with the National Land Use Policy, or NLUP.
To ensure sustainable livelihoods and the development of the country, our land resources need to be managed and utilized properly. Only systematic utilization and management of land resources can improve the socio-economic condition of the people.
We are confident that thanks to the cooperation and coordination of all relevant stakeholders, a National Land Law that protects the land rights of communities and development of agriculture as 70 percent of Myanmar’s population resides in rural areas.
For the successful drafting of the National Land Law, the relevant authorities, organizations and individuals need to fully understand the contents of the National Land Use Policy and to cooperate and coordinate with each other while listening to the voices of the people.

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