Ghana: Esri announced a USD 10 million initiative to support and enhance the study of GIS among students in 100 African universities. Dean Angelides, Corporate Director, International Operations of Esri, who announced the initiative at a meeting with Ghanaian universities officials in Accra, said the modalities are being worked out.
Speaking on the benefits of GIS, he said, it allowed people to have a better appreciation and understanding in visualising data in many ways that revealed relationships, patterns and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports and charts. He added that GIS can help solve problems by looking at one’s data in a way that is quickly understood and easily shared and promotes collaborative approaches among users.
Angelides cited the importance of GIS to businesses, especially in targeting their markets by visualising service needs and use of GIS software to help them improve operational excellence and profitability.
Government agencies, he said, can also use GIS technology to strengthen policy implementation and to improve performance in areas such as revenue mobilisation, economic development, and public information. Other application for GIS deployment are disaster management at local, regional, and national levels through detection, risk assessment, mitigation and prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.
GIS also promotes public safety personnel to effectively plan for emergency response, determines mitigation priorities, analyses historical events, and predicts future events. It can also be an effective crime-fighting tool for prevention of crime through event modelling, tactical and strategic planning, and incident mapping. In addition, GIS offers insight for network planning and analysis, vehicle tracking and routing, inventory tracking and route planning analysis.