I was pleased to be invited by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) to join a panel of international experts to study Moldova’s land and housing policies and make recommendations for improvement in their ‘UNECE Country Profile on Housing and Land Management in the Republic of Moldova.’
The information provided in a country profile is highly sought-after by governments, academics, investors and NGOs, due to the critical role land and housing play in economic and social development. My responsibility was to provide a chapter on land administration and registration and contribute to a proposal which would assist Moldova, one of the poorest countries in Europe, to develop its mature real estate markets.
The success of practical policy recommendations, such as Country Profiles, is the evidence-base and therefore research is key. Extensive desk-research and a week-long, fact-finding mission to Moldova alongside interviews with ministries and other in-country experts which were set up by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) were invaluable. Even the examination and challenge often given by foreign ministers and high level government officials were helpful!
It is always important to compare notes on the day’s activities with the other experts to help formulate your own findings and the final report. Personally I enjoy this part of the process where you can really discuss and debate the issues the country is facing.
The benefits of the Country Profiles are vast. Our published recommendations, which tackle everything from housing supply and affordability, to infrastructure management, land administration, real estate markets and the legal framework, will help Moldova develop its economy, benefiting households across Moldova.
Even after 38 years of experience in land registration I always find panel work personally rewarding as I can share my expertise, showcase Land Registry and there is always some new learning I can take into my next assignment – the country profile for Uzbekistan is due to be published in Spring 2016.