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The Act, for purposes of promoting security of tenure and facilitating access to land, protects squatters to which this Act applies from ejectment from State lands. The Act applies to squatters on state lands, squatters and tenants in designated areas and squatters and tenants occupying land of State Agencies listed in the Schedule (sect. 3). Section 4 protects squatters from ejectment from dwellings subject to sections 11 and 27. Section 11 provides for the granting of a certificate of comfort against ejectment. Such certificate does not constitute a title in land. Section 27 concerns relocation of squatters. A Land Settlement Agency is established under section 5. The Agency shall be responsible for administering and carrying out provisions of this Act. It shall be managed by a Land Settlement Committee which shall be headed by a Land Settlement Chairman (sect. 7). General powers of the Agency are set out in section 10. A Statutory Lease may be acquired by a squatter who has obtained a certificate of comfort or a tenant in an area designated by this Act or the Minister under section 18 (sect. 14). A Land Settlement Fund is established under section 30. Other provisions of this Act concern investigation into claims on land, ejectment from land settlement areas, regulation making powers of the Minister and the Committee and some other matters. (35 sections divided into 8 Parts and completed by 1 Schedule)

Implemented by: Notification made under the State Land (Regularisation of Tenure) Act (Cap. 57:05). (2009-12-31)
Implemented by: State Land (Regularisation of Tenure) (Certificate of Comfort) Regulations (Cap. 57:05). (2009-12-31)
Implemented by: Notification made under the State Land (Regularisation of Tenure) Act (Cap. 57:05). (2009-12-31)
Implemented by: State Land (Regularisation of Tenure) (Delegation of Power) Order (Cap. 57:05). (2009-12-31)
Implemented by: State Land (Regularisation of Tenure) (Certificate of Comfort) Regulations, 2000 (L.N. No. 36 of 2000). (2000-01-13)

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First colonized by the Spanish, the islands came under British control in the early 19th century. The islands' sugar industry was hurt by the emancipation of the slaves in 1834. Manpower was replaced with the importation of contract laborers from India between 1845 and 1917, which boosted sugar production as well as the cocoa industry. The discovery of oil on Trinidad in 1910 added another important export. Independence was attained in 1962. The country is one of the most prosperous in the Caribbean thanks largely to petroleum and natural gas production and processing.

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