Addis Ababa November 5/2013 The Global Geospatial Data Infrastructure and Africa GIS Conference opened here Monday under the theme: "Spatial Enablement in Support of Economic Development and Poverty Reduction".
Finance and Economic Development State Minister Dr Abreham Tekeste on the occasion said Africa need to devise and implement inclusive, accelerated and sustainable development strategy to address the multifaceted challenges it faced.
He said the continent must effectively utilize geospatial technology in a bid to address challenges related to poverty, unemployment, climate change, land degradation, water scarcity and shortage of energy.
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Deputy Executive Secretary Dr. Abdalla Hamdok on his part said Africa expects a lot from geospatial professionals to maintain the economic growth registered for the last few years.
Participants will deliberate on the importance of geospatial science and technology in the production of affordable geospatial data sets for sustainable development in Africa.
Policy-makers, individual and corporate practitioners from within and outside are scheduled to attend the five-day conference.
Representatives of United Nations agencies, sub-regional, regional and international inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations are expected to attend the conference.
Academic and research institutions, multi-national corporations, small and medium enterprises and civil society organizations will also in attendance.