By Malcolm Meja
THE Zimbabwe institute of Geomatics (ZIG) will be hosting a two-day conference in Harare to deliberate on achieving the sustainable development goal 11 that promotes urban centers using geomatics technology.
The two-day conference will focus on issues that seek to promote smart cities.
Local Government, Public Works and National Housing minister Honorable July Moyo is set to deliver the keynote address. Delegates drawn from several tech firms, research centres, financial houses, and tertiary institutes will attend the conference.
In an exclusive interview ZIG deputy secretary general Simbarashe Munemero said Zimbabwe could achieve development goals by using Geomatics as the support in the attainment, development and management of spatial systems for all the areas covered by the SGDs.
“Zimbabwe could achieve development goals by using Geomatics as the support in the attainment, development and management of spatial systems for all the areas covered by the SGDs,” said Munemero.
Furthermore, the ZIG executive encouraged the government to work on policies that allow experts and technocrats in the field to share data and information as a means to develop relatively developed cities.
“It would be critical for the Zimbabwean government to framework policies that allow GIS specialists, land surveyors, statisticians, environmentalists, engineers and town planners, to share and intersection their data through a National data infrastructure (NSDI). Sharing results and Geographical information among government departments, private sector and the general public becomes possible, and this will enable us to develop smart cities, “ he said
“The NSDI will also provide crucial information on successes and failures of available policies, projects and programs. This is all made possible due to the interconnectivity of everyone in Zimbabwe through geomatics tools in the NSD” he added.
ZIG reckons Zimbabwe’s future is bright if it embraces this diverse, innovative and enabling science. More so, the firm believes GIS could be instrumental in the comprehensive and collaborative decision making for sustainability in the future.
“Future developments are going to affect the whole country and we believe that GIS is instrumental in the comprehensive and collaborative decision making for a sustainable future. This final goal lays out a way for Zimbabweans to work together to achieve all the other Goals” he said.
Meanwhile, the country has seen city councils struggle in terms of service delivery due to a number of factors.
Zimbabwe’s cities can be well planned out to serve the best interests of all its inhabitants through in-depth data and forecasting. This will help local planning authorities in identifying areas that are underdeveloped for better planning and can make use of digital maps.
The two-day conference will held under the theme “Enhancing the optimal quality and performance of urban services through geomatics”