The Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources, Honourable Ashneel Sudhakar at the closing of the GIS and Remote Sensing Conference said that the week-long conference (25th-29th November, 2019) was all about ‘connection’. The coming together of GIS and remote sensing advocates has created a platform that is people-based; moreover equipped them to be more knowledge and technology-based.
Hon. Minister also commended the sessions that were led by the Pacific Women in GIS.
“Regional solidarity is often quoted in these events when the Pacific comes together, but it is only during these times when we actually see it in action,” he said.
“Perhaps in the margins of next year's Conference on the year that Vanuatu will celebrate their 44th year of Independence, Pacific Lands Ministers might also gather at least for a day in the margins of the Conference to understand the regional GIS and Remote Sensing data capabilities, the issues, challenges and opportunities so that we can support you as specialists in this field, and help ourselves as Ministers to prioritise policies and laws, grounded on GIS and Remote Sensing data’, he added.
The Hon. Minister also handed over the hosting of the 2020 Pacific GIS and Remote Sensing Council Conference to the Government of Vanuatu.