Funding to make data accessible

Participants at the 4th Geospatial Information management annual conference held at Novotel today. Picture: SUPPLIED

Participants at the 4th Geospatial Information management annual conference held at Novotel today. Picture: SUPPLIED

Update: 5:10PM SIGNIFICANT budgetary allocations to various government organisations on the geospatial information management initiative have been provided by the Government.

Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya highlighted this today at the 4th Geospatial Information Management annual Conference held at Novotel in  Lami Bay

Mr Koya said their bid to support this initiative is to serve Fijians better.

“The Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources, Government had allocated a significant budget of up to close to $5 million for the development of the VanuaGIS, the modernization of our very own datum, the purchase of satellite images and a mapping drone,” Mr Koya said.

“All Fijians will only enjoy our services with ‘3 clicks to everything’ if we make data sharing a reality,” he said.

He said the Government is the custodian of an astounding collection of unique data, gathered directly and indirectly in the course of many years.

“In my last address to the Fiji Geospatial Information Management Council in November 2017, I had urged for a collaborative effort in the sharing of quality data through the National Geospatial Information Management Strategy.”