Ghana to Host Africa Geospatial Forum

Ghana, under the auspices of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, has been chosen to host the 2013 Africa Geospatial Forum in Accra in October this year.

The disclosure was made at the 13th Geospatial World Forum held in Rotterdam, in the Netherlands from the 13-17  May 2013 by the organizers of the event, the South African based Geospatial Media and Communication  group and the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources of Ghana, Alhaji Innusah Fuseini.

The Geospatial International Forum brings together Industry giants, users, scientists, world renowned experts, Manufacturers in Geo-technology, Government Agencies and Policy Makers to exchange knowledge, share ideas and best practices in the geospatial world as well as the mounting of exhibition in the latest equipment and products in the sector.

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.

He said the geospatial industry plays an essential role in enabling governments and the private sector to perform efficiently by supplying reliable, accurate and relevant information and services when and where-ever needed which leads to improved decision making and reduction in administrative costs and in turn enhances opportunities for total development.

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.

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 of the Land Administration Project of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources.

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