South Africa, 7 September 2006- On 7th September GIS Development launched its activities in African continent. To begin with, GIS Development has introduced specific edition of its publications for African Geospatial community known as ‘GIS DEVELOPMENT AFRICA’, which is a quarterly magazine. It also announced about the Map Africa conference to be organised in Johannesburg on 20-22 November 2006.
The launch ceremony, held at Burgers Park Hotel, Pretoria, was attended by about 30 participants representing various important stakeholders of the Geospatial community in South Africa including industry, government, academia, and end users.
Launching its activities, Sanjay Kumar, CEO of GIS Development said, “Its a very proud moment for GIS Development to announce its operations in Africa, which is a strong display of our commitment to promote geospatial technologies in the African region”. GIS Development after having successfully provided an effective platform to promote and communicate with geospatial community at Asian level has expanded its activities in Africa to serve the African geospatial community.
Dr. N P Makgalemele Makhlamele, Deputy Director General, Land Planning and Information, Department of Land Affairs, Republic of South Africa was the Guest of Honour on the occasion. While addressing on the occasion, she welcomed GIS Development in South Africa and applauded its initiative and assistance to build and strengthen geospatial community in the region.
She said that GIS Development brings along a network of over 50,000 professionals worldwide and African continent would benefit a great extent by getting connected to international geospatial community. She extended her full support to Map Africa and GIS Development and assured of greater participation in these activities.