Fiji minister urges industry to embrace geospatial technology

Fiji minister urges industry to embrace geospatial technology

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Fiji. November 14, 2014: Speaking at the first high level Geospatial Information Management Conference, Minister for Lands Mere Vuniwaqa stressed on the effectiveness and importance of using geospatial technology in urban and regional planning, as well as climate change and green growth.

“We may not have the vast resources that other developed nations have to create such a tool overnight but we as one team can pull together our resources to come up with something that can be used for better management and strategic decision making, in agriculture, in disaster management, in disaster management, in land management, in public utility management, in town and regional planning and tax collection as well as elections,” she said.

Yesterday, Fiji’s Prime Minister and Minister for Sugar, Voreqe Bainimarama, launched a WebGIS portal for the sugarcane industry in Lautoka. Commenting on the same, Vasiti Soko from the Sugar Industry Tribunal said at the conference, “For such high calibre kind of conference it is important for other organisations to come together with their spatial data to share information; not so much for the ministries or departments but for the people of Fiji.”

The core objective of the conference was to propagate and promote the use of geospatial technology in the developmental projects of the country. Further, Soko encouraged other organisations that may not have GIS technology to learn the technology.

Source: FBC