#TheKeeper in Singapore – a smart nation

This blog post is by Sheenagh Adams, Keeper of the Registers of Scotland.

The Registrars of Title annual conference is now well underway and it has been great to meet up with colleagues from previous conferences as well as meeting new people, for example the new land registrars from Ontario in Canada and Australia’s Northern Territories.

The Singapore Land Authority has made us very welcome, including hosting a visit to their offices on Tuesday followed by a reception in the evening (I love the food!). Their ambitions on the digital front tie in well with Singapore’s aspirations to build the world’s first Smart Nation, by harnessing technology to the fullest to improve the lives of citizens, create more opportunities, and build stronger communities. It sounds very like our own Digital Scotland strategy. You can find out more about Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative¬†here.

The first full day of the conference provided interesting and informative insights into development in land registries as far afield as British Columbia and Mauritius, and as near as England and Ireland. The commonality of the issues we are tackling is amazing, especially the digital agenda and the need to focus on the customer.

But we also have areas where we take different approaches, for example Ontario’s outsourcing of their business and Mauritius continuing with a deeds (rather than map) based register.

I am looking forward to the next two days with a great deal of excitement, and will blog again soon.

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