New Delhi, India: GIS Development announced that Map Africa 2010 ‐ 5th Annual African Conference on Geospatial Technologies and Applications is scheduled to be held during November 23‐25, in Cape Town, South Africa. This year, partners of the conference are organisations like Department of Rural Development & Land Reforms, Government of South Africa; Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development, Kenya and UN Economic Commission for Africa, Ethiopia.
The theme of the conference “Geospatial Readiness for Building Africa” aims to deliberate upon the vital role of geospatial technologies in the areas that contributes to nation’s growth and considered as the pressing issues of the continent, like infrastructure & utilities, cadastral mapping, land information management system (LIS), land policies, mining & exploration, emergency management etc.
Map Africa is likely to be attended by about 500 delegates from more than 20 countries of African continent. Expressing her views on the occasion of Map Africa, Aida Opoku‐Mensah, Director
ICT Division, United Nations Economic Commission of Africa, said “ECA is partnering with GIS
Development to co‐organise the Map Africa 2010 Conference so as to continuously enable the mainstreaming of geoinformation applications into all sectors of economic development in Africa”
Discussing on the growth of the conference, Dr D.G. Clarke, Chief Director: National Geo‐spatial Information, Chief Director: Surveys and Mapping, South Africa, said “The Map Africa Conference has grown into a leading conference and technical exhibition in the geo‐spatial information and technology field in Africa. The organisers have the ability to bring to Africa powerful international speakers and the latest in technology. What an opportunity to be exposed to this, here in Africa.”
Acknowledging the kind of platform that Map Africa provides, Dr. Hussain Farah, Director General, Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development, Kenya, mentioned “Map Africa 2010 conference will promote one of our main mandates of promoting development and use of geospatial technologies in the sustainable development of Africa. We joined the partnership for organising Map Africa, to bring together National mapping Organisations (NMOs) geospatial industry players so as to accelerate the technological reforms required by NMOs to enable deliver better services to geoinformation users”.
Sanjay Kumar, CEO, GIS Development, India, expressed his thoughts on Map Africa 2010 by saying “Africa is witnessing growth in many sectors and getting abreast with latest technologies, geospatial technologies are also marking their presence at a fast rate. Map Africa 2010, aims to capitalise the same by deliberating upon latest developments in geospatial field pertaining to the various growing sectors of the continent. It shall provide a platform for all stakeholders of geospatial industry including researchers, users, technology developers and policy makers to discuss, deliberate, exchange knowledge and experiences and collaborate for benefit of all in the field”