Training Centre in Georgia

The overall project (Establishment of a Land Management Training Centre in Georgia) objective was to support the establishment of a well functioning real property market that can support economic growth and sustainable development in Georgia. The project objectives were to strengthen capacity development within the land administration organisations in order to achieve a sustainable land administration sector in Georgia.

Five Georgian trainers were selected based on nation-wide advertisement and test results. The trainers gradually increased their part of the training in order to be able to hold courses independently on completion of the project. The training centre provides training for staff at the local offices of the State Department of Land Management as well as for other actors within the administration sector. The training centre and Georgian trainers are also available for training activities included in other projects, such as those carried out by the World Bank, KfW, GTZ and UNDP. 

The centre has a close relation to the Technical University in order to further strengthen its status and secure sustainability. The centre is equipped with everything necessary for studies in land administration, such as satellite receivers, total stations, computers, software for cadastral mapping and GIS, digitisation tables etc. It is planned to hold courses on a commercial basis during the second part of the project. 

Another component was office management which are essential to strengthen the efficiency at the local cadastral and registration offices. Poti district was chosen as pilot area and the outcomes are disseminated to the other district offices through training campaigns at the training centre.

Besides the capacity building, the project also supported a German project (run by KfW) by providing senior expertise in GPS for the elaboration of a concept for establishing permanent reference stations for satellite observations, to be used for cadastral surveys. 

Type of services provided 
Besides refurbishing and equipping the training centre with computers, software, cadastral survey instruments and presentation tools, the support consisted of technical assistance for training of re-trainers. The fields of competence covered by the experts are rights registration, land legislation, property formation, land consolidation, valuation and taxation, land use planning, management, GlS, GPS, cadastral survey and mapping.

The experts came from both Swedesurvey (eight persons) and Lithuania (five persons). They elaborated course modules and held courses together with the Georgian trainers who will gradually take over the running of the courses. Swedesurvey also provided the management of the Training Centre with the support required to increase efficiency and to obtain a higher degree of self-financing.

Besides the capacity building components Swedesurvey also provided extensive technical assistance to the office management component in Poti as well as to the elaboration of a concept for establishment of permanent reference stations for satellite observations.