The Network came forth in 2014 supported by the Organization of American States (OAS), the World Bank (WB) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), constituted as a systematic horizontal technical cooperation mechanism through which the exchanges aimed at developing, disseminating, and implementing the best practices of Cadastre and Property Registry are promoted, multiplied, strengthened and invigorated, in support of institutional development processes and progress at various levels of government.
The Network is composed of the highest National Cadastre and Property Registry Authorities of the OAS Member States and its highest decision-making body is its Annual Assembly. The RICRP has the OAS as its Technical Secretariat through the Department for Effective Public Management and an Executive Committee as a governance mechanism. The Executive Committee is composed of a country president/chair and a representative country from each of 5 subregions (North America, Central America, the Caribbean, the Andean Region, and Mercosur). This committee is responsible for ensuring compliance with the bylaws of the Network as basic rules for the organization and operation of the Network, and for preparing, coordinating, and supporting the execution of its Annual Work Plan; among others.
The DGPE as Technical Secretariat of the Inter-American Network on Cadastre and Property Registry convenes and coordinates the meetings of the Executive Committee and the Annual Conference, supports the work of the Executive Committee in the design, approval and execution of the activities established in the Annual Work Plan, and collaborates with the Executive Committee in the identification of opportunities for cooperation with international financing organizations for development or other sources of financing. Furthermore, it designs and executes specific projects according to the Annual Conference and Executive Committee defined guideline and coordinates and organizes meetings and other activities defined by the RICRP, among other tasks.
The RICRP arises from the call to action made in an informal meeting by the National Cadastre and Property Registration Agencies of 7 countries of the region in Guatemala City in 2014 at the margins of the Second International South-South exchange forum on Cadastral Management and Land Administration sponsored by the World Bank. In this call, the agencies urged the OAS and the World Bank to constitute a mechanism of exchange and continuous work on the matter, with the capacity to advance the regional agenda in these two areas of public administration.
With that precedent, the Department for Effective Public Management of the OAS guided actions with the support of the World Bank, and FAO, for the generation of the Inter-American Network on Cadastre and Property Registry as a platform for hemispheric exchange. For such purposes, the 1st Inter-American Dialogue on Cadastre and Property Registry was held at the OAS facilities in Washington DC in 2014, along with the National Cadastre and Registry Agencies of Colombia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Uruguay.
The RICRP is an initiative of the countries of the Americas acknowledged as a mechanism of the Inter-American System in the Resolution on Strengthening Democracy of the 49th OAS General Assembly (AG/RES. 2931 (XLIX-O/19), and responds to the subsequent mandates in the subject matter of subsequent OAS General Assemblies.
For more information visit the Network's website here.