This blog post is by Sheenagh Adams, Keeper of the Registers of Scotland.
Packing to come home always provides an opportunity for reflection, whether it be from a business trip or a holiday. Last Friday, when I arrived in Singapore, I watched the events unfold in Paris with a sense of shock and despair. Tonight, I have the same feelings watching the BBC World News coverage of the attack in Mali. This is in stark contrast to the Registrars of Title conference, where delegates from diverse countries come together to share knowledge and experience. Our only common denominator is having a Torrens system of land registration. But we come together as human beings who want the best for their country and to ensure that our fellow citizens have real rights to their property. And delivering that was the focus of our discussions.
I will get back to Scotland on Sunday and be back in Meadowbank House the next day. I will be sharing all I have learned from fellow delegates with my colleagues at RoS and those working with us on our digital strategy, including developing ScotLIS. I will also be sharing my experience and learning with colleagues in Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man, who were unable to get to the conference.
Singapore is an amazing place. Its mantra is “limited land; unlimited opportunities”. It is a vibrant place with a real sense of drive and determination, and that was in abundant evidence in Bryan Chew and his team at the Singapore Land Authority, who were unstinting in their hospitality and willingness to share their knowledge. I would love to make a return journey here.