Ghana is ready, determined and prepared to take full advantage of geospatial technologies for the rapid socio-economic and infrastructural development of her citizens and country, Alhaji Innusah Fuseini, the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources has said.
He said national efforts to create wealth and reduce poverty by a combination of various interventions would elude the country if proper and the needed attention was given to geospatial infrastructure which remained critical to any meaningful development.
Addressing a 3-day Geospatial World Forum in Rotterdam, in The Netherlands as the Special Guest, Alhaji Fusieni told the over 1300 participants from 81 countries from across the globe that the world has been dramatically transformed by technology, especially in the last two decades by the combination of Geography, Information Technology and the spread of the Internet and that Ghana was leaving no stone unturned in benefitting from such advancement.
He said the technological dexterity of geospatial data in arriving at informed decisions on mining, agriculture, road construction, physical development and the environment for example cannot be glossed over.
The Minister disclosed that the Government of Ghana is developing the National Spatial Data Infrastructure as well as a policy to regulate survey and mapping practice together with the establishment of a Geodetic Reference Network embedded with Continuously Operating Reference Stations to enhance survey and mapping and sustainable land use.
Alhaji Fuseini informed the gathering that the President of Ghana, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama in April this year, launched the National Urban Policy Framework and Action Plan and tasked the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to embark on and complete the street naming and house addressing of the entire country within 18 months in line with the Government’s policy towards sustainable development.
He however cautioned the Geospatial Industry giants and users not to use the advancement of geo-technology to undermine the national and territorial integrity and security of nations, most particularly, the developing countries.
Ghana was represented at the Geospatial World Forum by a 6-member delegation led by Alhaji Fuseini. Other members included Prof. Bruce Baneong-Yakubo, Chief Director of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Alhaji Ibrahim Baryeh, Director of Lands at the Ministry, Dr. Isaac Bonsu Karikari, National Project Coordinator of the Ghana Land Administration Project, Mr. K. D. Osei, Director of the Town and Country Planning Department, Mr. Samuel Oppong- Antwi, Deputy Director of the Survey and Mapping Division of the Lands Commission and Mr. Kweku Sersah-Johnson.
The Geospatial World Forum held annually for the last 13 years is organized by the Geospatial Media and Communications based in South Africa which brings together Industry giants and manufactures, Users, Experts and Scientists of the Geospatial field from across the globe as well as Government and Policy Makers.