Accra: The second day of the Ghana Geospatial Forum 2014 witnessed various sessions that highlighted the extensive use of geospatial technology across different verticals in Ghana. Presenters from a number of government and private organisations gave informative presentations on the latest developments taking place in the field of geospatial technology and also showcased key projects in their departments.
The session on Land Administration in Ghana: LAP & Beyond had a number of presentations from some of the key departments that are working in the field of land management and land administration in Ghana. The session, which was chaired by Dr. Isaac Bonsu Karikari, Project Coordinator, Ghana Land Administration Project, Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, had presentation from Joseph T Odametey, Director, National Survey and Mapping Department, Ghana; Surv. John Amaglo, FGhlS, Chairman, Land Surveying Division, Ghana Institution of Surveyors, Ghana; Abiodun Awofeko, CEO, Quest Consolidated, Nigeria; Kwame Tenadu Snr, President, Licensed Surveyors Association, Ghana; Dr. Gad Akwensivie, Office of the Administrator of Stool Lands – HQ, Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Ghana and a number of other reputed speakers from Ghana and other parts of the world.
The session on Geospatial Enabling City Management, which was chaired by K.D. Osei, Act. Director, Town and Country Planning Department, Ghana, had presentations from Ashwell Jenneker, Deputy Director General, Statistical Support and Informatics, Statistics South Africa; Mahmud Zubairu Mahmud, Field Epidemiologist, World Health Organization, Nigeria; Catherine Kunyiha, Product manager GIS, Techno Brain Ltd; lng Peter Amoako, Ghana Urban Transport Project, Department of Urban Roads, Ghana.
The session on Geo-Enabled Agriculture was chaired by Foster Mensah, Executive Director, CERSGIS, Ghana. The session focused on how geospatial technology had played an important role in increasing agricultural productivity in Ghana. The session witnessed presentations from Dr. Nanam Dziedzoave, Director, Food Research Institute, CSIR, Ghana; Sidney Bampoe-Addo, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Ghana; Solomon Elrom Allavi, Chief Operations Manager/ GIS Specialist Syecomp Business Services Ltd, Ghana; Nana Koranteng, Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development, Ghana; William Douglas Snow, Project Manager, CSS Geographical Information Specialists, South Africa and Peter Aboagye, Women in Agriculture Development (WIAD) – MOFA, Ghana.
Some of the other sessions held during the day were on Renewable Energy Management, Geospatial Enabling Smart Infrastructure and Geospatial & Mining.
Apart from the conference, the Forum also had an exhibition area where over 15 exhibitors from around the region showcased their latest offerings and projects from the field of geospatial technology. Some of the major exhibitors in the exhibition area included Airbus Defence and Space, DigitalGlobe, Centre for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Services (CERSGIS), Fugro Nigeria Limited (FNL), Geo Data Design (Pty) Ltd, Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Ofek Aerial Photography (1987) Ltd, Nsoroma GPS, PDSA Co. Ltd, Sambus Geospatial, Quest Consolidated Limited, Techno Brain Group Ltd, Topcon Positioning Middle East and Africa FZE/Geo-Tech Systems Ltd and Trimble.
The Ghana Geospatial Forum 2014, which was organised by Geospatial Media and Communications in coordination with the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, had Digital Globe, Sambus Geospatial and Topcon as silver sponsors; Quest Consolidated, Airbus Defence and Space, Geo-Tech Group and PDSA as Co-Sponsors; National Development Planning Commission as Strategic Partner; Ghana Statistical Services, Ministry of Environment Science Technology & Innovation and Ministry of Local Government & Rural Development as Government Partners; Town and Country Planning Department as Supporting Organisation; Ghana Institution of Surveyors as Institutional Partners and Ghana Green Building Council, Ghana LAP, CERSGIS, Energy Commission and Minerals Commission as Program Partners.