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Jakarta Post

Government aims to certify all state lands by 2022

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 18, 2020   /  11:27 am
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Landowners in Sumbawa Besar, West Nusa Tenggara, show their newly issued land certificates in this July 30, 2018 file photo. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

The Finance Ministry expects all government land to be certified by 2022 in an effort to protect state assets from legal disputes and to maximize their use for financial purposes. According to the ministry, 46,725 tracts of land covering about 275,000 hectares – more than three times the size of Singapore – have not been certified. “There are many state assets that are currently being disputed, and it could [all] be resolved if we have proper ownership certificates,” the ministry’s state assets director, Encep Sudarwan, said on Feb. 14, 2020 at a press briefing. Aside from preventing land disputes, certifying state land was also necessary to enable the ministries or agencies that owned them to use the land for purposes such as collateral for raising funds. The ministry has set a progressive target, with 15,426 state lands to be certified this yea...