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Geospatial policy in the offing


By Fred SARPONG

The Ministry of Communications, together with the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Ministry of Defence, NADMO, Ministry of Information and other stakeholders, is developing a Geospatial policy for the country.
In an interview with Sylvanus Adzornu, Principal Planner at the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, he indicated that the objective of the policy is to ensure that, instead of having data that is not specially rated, one, done with support from various ministries, is available and accessible to all institutions by adoption of various ICT applications, such as e-Government platform.

Adzornu said the final review workshop for the development of this policy has been held and Ministry of Communications will soon forward the draft policy to Cabinet for approval.
“Parliament will pass it into law after Cabinet had okayed it, and then it becomes a policy,” he stated.
He disclosed this to BusinessWeek at Geospatial training workshop for some selected journalists in Accra last week.
Geospatial or Geographic information system (GIS) is a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of geographical data.

BusinessWeek learnt that the Geospatial policy is a component of the country’s ICT policy. “We have engaged all resource persons that need to be involved and a final analysis is being done,” he added.
According to him, the Geospatial Policy is likely to come into effect before the end of this year.
‘Even though final workshop has been done, we are still expecting inputs from the public,’ he added.
Adzorbu explained that the government is very commitment to see project of such nature take place effectively,  
‘Before this data can be accessed we need to have infrastructure drive and create that awareness and also to have the human resource to drive. The policy is virtually targeted to creating this foundation for it grows in the country,’ he added.

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