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Land is the single most important resource that Kenya is endowed with. It is critical to the economic, social, political and cultural development. In order to ensure that land is held, used and managed in an equitable, efficient, productive and sustainable manner, the Government in partnership with investors has prioritized the following opportunities:

1. Development of the National Land Information Management System (NLIMS)
This is a computer-based information system that enables the capture, management, and analysis of geographically referenced land-related data in order to produce land information for decision-making in land administration and management. This will be achieved through establishment of a transparent, decentralized, affordable, effective and efficient GIS based Land Information Management System, digital mapping and modernization of land registry. It will also involve revamping the recording system, revising the land maps and computerization of land registries for effective service delivery.
Development and Operationalization of NLIMS provides an opportunity for investors to develop the system in a Public Private Partnership (PPP), Government to Government Partnership (GGP) way or as development consultants. The major areas for investment include:
• Safeguarding and digitizing of land paper records all over the country
• Establishing an electronic land records management system to manage the digitized records
• Development of National Land Information System databases
• Provision of infrastructure to link the field stations with the Ministry headquarters
2.  Preparation of National Spatial Plan
This is a long-term framework to guide the sectroral integration and rationalization of the social, economical and territorial development of the country in a spatial context. It will cover the following areas but not limited to: agricultural development and food production; Commercial, industrial and infrastructural development; Human settlements development; environment and natural resource preservation; Natural heritage, cultural and strategic resources preservation; and land use information management, legal and institutional linkages.
The plan will guide the development of the country in the next 50 years. Preparation of the National Spatial Plan provides an opportunity in consultancy as the Government develops this plan.
3. Establishment of Kenya National Spatial Data Infrastructure (KNSDI)
This is the technology, policies, standards and institutional framework that facilitates the easy availability of, access, sharing and dissemination of spatial data across all levels of Government, the academia and the private sector. It is very vital to the development of various sectors of the economy such as petroleum and minerals, forestry, agriculture, transportation and aviation, security and defence, tourism, census, health and water resources etc and also facilitates informed decision making for managing the environment, land reforms, taxation, drainage and flood control, disasters and others. This is therefore establishing a national repository of spatial data holdings and providing a mechanism to facilitate its access, sharing and dissemination. The opportunities of investment include:

  •   Development of large-scale spatial data framework (digital topographical maps) for major urban centres in the country
  •   Digitization and revision of Medium Scale Topographical Maps covering the whole country
  •   Modernization of the National Coordinate Reference Network
  •   Digitization of Land Registration Maps

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