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AG: Land, company registry in full operation

Published: 
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi

Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi yesterday gave the assurance that operations at the land and company’s registries at the Registrar General’s (RG) office are in operation.

Al-Rawi made the comment at a news conference in Port-of-Spain in light of information reaching him that search clerks at the (RG) office had stopped work which the media enquired about.

“The Registrar General reached out to me and said that she noticed that something happened today, and that was, several members of the search clerk community attended at the registry, worked, stopped…went outside and said there was no work going on.

“This is what was related to me by officers not the RG herself and after doing an interview with the press went back to work,” Al-Rawi told reporters.

He said the UNC had also raised concerns about the functionality of the Land Registration Information System also known as the property management information system (PMIS) which can be accessed online.

The land registry and company registry store information on births, deaths, marriages, mortgages and land titles.

In the years 2013 and 2015, Al-Rawi said, the UNC while in Government decided not to renew the license for the software contract at PMIS, which meant that the entire system was left “prejudiced” and had been operating with a Windows XP system.

“No data back up or imaging were done,” Al-Rawi said, stating that the PNM Government went to work in creating back up files and to expand the system.

He said last month there was a restriction on the system “and you found yourself unable to pull up the images, but you could still utilise the search parameters.”

As a result of this, Al-Rawi said a manual system of checking at the registry had to be undertaken.

However, he said the Government has since renegotiated the term for the contract and has backed up all data.

“The system is operational and the on-line version of the system will get a turbo boost.”

Had this not been done, Al-Rawi said, they could have lost hundreds of thousands of documents but was able to scan over 5.8 million records which the public can access online.

“Unfortunately, I understand that there are still some people that are alleging the system is not in a state of operationality which I want to reject that position. This relates obviously to the ease of doing business as it affects titling, mortgaging and the general users of the environment.”

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