Ghana Geospatial Forum to explore new course

LandProfessionals from diverse fields, will meet at the Third Ghana Geospatial Forum on Tuesday, March 3, to chart a fresh direction for further expansion and growth of geospatial technology in Ghana and West Africa.

The 2015 Forum, on the theme: “G-Tech Powering Ghana’s Growth,” is expected to bring together professionals, service providers, researchers, technology users, policy makers and representatives from the industry, onto a common platform.

A statement copied to the Ghana News Agency on Monday by the Land Administration Project of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, said the sector ministry under the auspices of the Second Ghana Land Administration Project (LAP-2) is co-organizing the Third Forum with Geospatial Media Communications of South Africa.

The forum will feature plenary sessions, panel discussions and seminars on topics like, ‘Spatial data infrastructure: The Road Ahead,’ ‘Evolving Dimensions of Geospatial Technology and Environmental and Natural Resource Management’, the statement said.

Presentations will be made by experienced and industry experts from across the West African sub-region, on the application of Geospatial Technology in Land Administration and Management.

Electricity and Power Generation and Distribution, Agricultural Production and Management, Location-Based Services and Mobile Geographic Information Systems will also be dealt with.

According to the statement, a key and anticipated feature of the event will be an exhibition by global manufacturers and industrial giants, to showcase some of the latest and state-of-the-art technologies in the geospatial world.

The First and Second Ghana Geospatial Fora held in 2013 and 2014 respectivelydiscussed ways in which the amazing ability of geospatial technology could be applied by all,  to make informed decision towards ensuring accelerated growth of the country, the statement said.

Ghana is rated as one of the fastest growing economies in Africa, and is noted as a prolific user of geospatial technology in construction and infrastructure, utilities, defense, city management and planning, cadastral and land registration, mining and exploration, telecommunications and the water resources industries.

The focus of the Ghana Geospatial Forum is to ensure that strides in the application and use of geospatial technology are taken to the next level through industry synergy.

It is also to ensure continuous innovation and the provision of solution-based services and products, to make sure that the socio-economic objectives set by Ghana and other countries within the West African sub-region are achieved.

The Ministers of Lands and Natural Resources, as well as the Environment, Science, Technology and Innovations, will jointly open the forum.

Source: GNA

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