Islamabad, Pakistan: The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) set up GIS laboratory in its newly established ‘Statistics House’. With this laboratory, the PBS aims to bring credibility and transparency in the overall census data collection system and make it at par with international standards.
Prior to this establishment, the bureau had established four such laboratories in all the provincial capitals including Karahi, Quetta, Lahore and Peshawar and all these labs have already been functional.
These labs have been established in collaboration with UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund and UN-HABITAT, the UN Agency Promoting Sustainable Urbanization & Clean Water Access.
The lab in the federal capital was formally inaugurated here on Monday by Secretary Statistics Division, Suhail Ahmed who was accompanied by representative UNFPA and IM-HABITAT and Chief Census Commissioner and other officials of the PBS.
“The GIS Laboratory would certainly bring international-standard credibility and transparency in census data,” Suhail Ahmed said while addressing the inaugural ceremony.
He said that the GIS would not only help the country adopt the latest technology but would also enable it to use it to the optimum benefit.
He said that GIS project team has vigorously worked to make the it success and said that there was need to sustain it for the benefit of the country. It is pertinent to mention here that GIS captures, stores, analyzes, manages and presents data that is linked to location.
Technically GIS is geographic information systems which includes mapping software and its application with remote sensing, land surveying, aerial photography, mathematics, photogrametric, geography and tools that can be implemented with GIS software.