New Delhi, India: GIS Development announced that the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, South Africa, will be the co-organiser for Map Africa 2009 – the 4th Annual African Conference and Exhibition on Geospatial Information, Technology and Applications. The conference is scheduled to be held from 16 – 18 September, 2009 at Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa. Apart from the plenary sessions, the focus areas of the conference include local governance, utility and infrastructure and agriculture and environment management. Map Africa will have the conglomeration of speakers from end user organisations, industry and government. An exhibition will be held in conjunction with the conference where organisations will have the opportunity to showcase their products and services.
Dr. Derek Clarke, Chief Director – Survey and Mapping, Department of Rural Development and Land Reform expressed his pleasure at joining the conference saying, “It is our privilege to be associated with Map Africa as a co-orgainser for the third time. Map Africa has always provided us with a unique platform to communicate with the geospatial community. I am sure this time also we will gain new perspective and be able to contribute to the African geospatial community.”
Welcoming Department of Rural Development and Land Reform on board, Sanjay Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, GIS Development said, “We are very pleased to have the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform as the co-organiser of Map Africa 2009. With this extended support and collaboration, we are sure to provide them with an opportunity to reach out to a global audience. DLA has made tremendous contribution to the development of geospatial technologies in South Africa. We assure that Map Africa 2009 will provide a broader perspective on the application and usage of geospatial technologies at various vertical segments.”