SANSA's delegation, Dr Clement Adjorlolo and Nosiseko Mashiyi, led by Earth Observation Managing Director Ms Andiswa Mlisa, is attending the AfricaGIS 2017 conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 20-24 November 2017.
The delegation aims to promote SANSA's activities and role of earth observations geared towards "geospatial and statistical information imperatives towards the Africa we want".
AfricaGIS is the premier conference and exhibition focusing on geo-information science and technologies in Africa. The principal objective of AfricaGIS is to provide a platform for interaction among geospatial practitioners to share information and knowledge (exisiting products, new developments and trends) to advance the development and application of geo-information science and technologies to meet African developmental needs
Andiswa is participating in the Expert Group meeting on the Development of Geospatial Information Standards for Africa and the 3rd Meeting of United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) Africa, in particular to advocate for the role of earth observations in generating the identified fundamental datasets for Africa and in the implementation and monitoring of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the need for improved infrastructure and processing tools through platforms such as the Africa Data Intensive Research Cloud (ADIRC).
Andiswa is also scheduled to deliver a plenary keynote address at the AfricaGIS 2017 Conference. The main focus of her address will be promoting SANSA, GEO through AfriGEOSS, African Resource Management Constellation (ARMC) and the Committee on African Space Institutes (CASI).
Clement and Nosiseko will be representing SANSA in the H2020 project kick-off meeting, (an agricultural project under the European Union, aimed at contributing to food supply projections and agricultural risk assessment for Africa); they will be presenting on work package work-plan, networking and looking for future collaboration opportunities.