This week, the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) is taking part in the Land Information Management System (LIMS), training workshop that is aimed at training participants on the Malawi LIMS software platform based on Trimble Landfolio - a leading workflow management software suite that automates and integrates all key elements of land administration management. Business processes and datasets of the departments of Lands, Surveys and Physical Planning are to be linked and configured in Landfolio to enable Ministry of Lands personnel to process land transactions digitally. Training participants have been drawn from the LIMS technical working group including officers from Lands, Surveys, Physical Planning and ICT departments. The workshop also provides an opportunity to review workflow diagrams and Landfolio workflow configuration for different business processes in the Lands, Surveys and Physical planning departments.
In 2021, The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (Malawi) in close collaboration with Ministry of Lands contracted a consortium composed of Spatial Dimension (Trimble), RCMRD, Africa Bees Limited and Kennedy Z36 Systems to design, develop and operationalise a Land Information Management System (LIMS) for Malawi. The LIMS intends to automate business processes in the delivery of land administration services by linking the processes and datasets of the three key departments of Lands, Surveys and Physical planning as well as other key stakeholders involved in land management in Malawi. Key benefits of the LIMS include reduction of the time and costs associated with land transactions and registration; and improving efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of land administration and management services.
The training workshop was preceded by a project meeting on progress of development of the LIMS to assess; progress of data conversion, development phase activities, workflow configuration, procurement of LIMS ICT equipment and LIMS hosting center. Key action point of the meeting was for the consultant team to scale up conversion of paper-based land records into digital datasets inline with the Minister of Lands’ resolution to roll out the Land Information Management System (LIMS) by January 2023.