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2 March 2017
Jamaica

Date: 2 March 2017

Source: Jamaica Observer

PRIME Minister Andrew Holness says informal settlements or squatting cannot be used as a means for securing land tenure in Jamaica.

He added that it is the orderly settlement of land which is led by the Government that will ensure Jamaicans own land.

Jamaica

Date: October 24th 2016
Source: Jaimaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Opposition spokesperson on land, Senator Sophia Frazer Binns, says the contentious informal settlement at 85 Red Hills Road in St Andrew is another reason to place the issue of land tenure, ownership and rectification on the agenda for discussion once again.

Jamaica

By: Denise Dennis 
Date: August 24th 2016
Source: Jamaican Information Service

The Government is finalising a draft Bill to amend legislation governing land registration and ownership.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, said amendments will be made to the Registration of Titles, Cadastral Mapping and Tenure Clarification (Special Provisions) Act, to reflect a more culturally relevant legislation.

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The island - discovered by Christopher COLUMBUS in 1494 - was settled by the Spanish early in the 16th century. The native Taino, who had inhabited Jamaica for centuries, were gradually exterminated and replaced by African slaves. England seized the island in 1655 and established a plantation economy based on sugar, cocoa, and coffee. The abolition of slavery in 1834 freed a quarter million slaves, many of whom became small farmers. Jamaica gradually increased its independence from Britain. In 1958 it joined other British Caribbean colonies in forming the Federation of the West Indies.

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