MINISTER KOYA OPENS FIJI GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION COUNCIL MEETING
Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Hon. Faiyaz Siddiq Koya today officiated at the Fiji Geospatial Information Council (FGIC) Meeting at the GCC Complex in Nasese, Suva today.
Minister Koya said Geographical Information System (GIS) is an important tool in many sectors and industries which include utilities, disaster management, urban and regional planning, climate change and green growth.
He called on various stakeholders present at the quarterly meeting to work collaboratively in sharing of geospatial data through the National Geospatial Information Strategy.
“The Fijian Government has recognized the importance and capabilities of geospatial information and its technologies such as Geospatial Information Systems, the use of Remote Sensing Images and Global Positioning Systems (GPS),” Minister Koya said.
“Therefore, in support of this great initiative, Government provided a significant budget of close to $5 million over the past three years to the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources for the development of VanuaGIS, the modernization of our very own datum, the purchase of satellite images and a mapping drone.”
The development of the VanuaGIS incorporates the platform for spatial and non-spatial information.
“The VanuaGIS will serve as a repository for fundamental data which will be hosted by the Information Technology and Computing (ITC) Services, purely to display and analyze data,” Minister Koya added.
The minister said the process was also a means of achieving Government’s goals and commitment towards 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, SAMOA (SIDS Accelerated Modalities Of Action) Pathway, and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
Close to 35 participants from government departments, statutory organisations, University of the South Pacific and the Pacific Community are part of the meeting.
[Information sourced from here]