As Guyana embarks on the path of sustainable economic development, calls have been made for the country to explore the use of spatial technology to boost the process.Spatial data are data which identifies the geographic location and characteristics of natural or constructed features and boundaries on the earth. Spatial data are derived from satellite imagery, mapping, and surveying technologies. Hence, spatial data is all about location with many applications and new uses emerging every day.According to Manager of the Geospatial Information Management Unit (GIMU) of the Natural Resources Ministry, Haimwant Persaud, such data can be used to understand where an event occurred, measure the distance away from your current location, identify what is in that vicinity of the event, show the path to the location, and identify the mode or modes of transportation.However, he pointed out that in order to attain full potential, a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) at local, regional, national, and transnational levels is required.“To exploit the enormous potential of spatial technologies the Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana should initiate the creation of a National Spatial Data Infrastructure that will facilitate spatial technology, information, and services to be used in addressing some of the major priorities of our nation, while adding value to productivity, reducing costs and enabling GDP growth in the process,” he stated.SDIs, the engineer explained, are essentially means of assembling spatial data for discovery, evaluation, and application. This infrastructure includes three components: the materials, the technology and the people to acquire, process, and distribute the information to meet different needs in both public and private sectors of a country.Persaud went on to say that since its conceptualisation in 1991, nearly all countries have embarked on some form of SDI initiative, with the pioneers in this field include Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Portugal, and the United States of America. He noted that the primary objectives of such initiatives are to promote economic development, stimulate improved Government functioning, and foster environmental sustainability.“The use of SDI in improved Government functions can be accomplished in several ways. SDI can improve strategic planning and resource development as in the case of Malaysia. SDI can enhance the state of readiness to deal with emergencies brought about by natural disasters as in the case of Japan. SDI can modernise central, regional, and local administration as in the case of Portugal,” he stated.Bring the idea within local territories, the Head of the GIMU outlined that a SDI in Guyana will bring enormous economic, social, and environmental benefits. The most important benefit of SDI in Guyana, he highlighted, will be the promotion of economic growth as a result of expanding markets for spatial information products and services locally, regionally, and internationally.Persaud referred to compiled analysis of the economic value of geospatial data done by Managing Editor of Geospatial World, Arup Dasgupta, in 2013. He said that the data used in the compilation were taken from an economic benefit analysis conducted by several countries.“It is widely known that data can be treated as a commodity in the limited sense of acquisition and sale but the (analysis) highlights the economic potential of spatial data to their GDP and industries once managed properly,” he pointed out.Furthermore, the GIMU head stressed that there are many other economic benefits from such technology such as increased efficiency in both public and Private Sector organisations, new opportunities for spatial information business application and services, and improved transport and infrastructure systems.“The social benefits for Guyana are, improved national and local governance, increased opportunities to engage the democratic process, more improved national security, and opportunities to target groups and areas with special needs. The environmental benefits of a SDI would include promoting sustainable development, enhanced natural resources monitoring and management, and improved coastal-zone monitoring,” he outlined.
Minutes after Criminal Court ‘C’ released both ‘bishop’ Manaseh Conto and ‘pastor’ Steve Kettor on a US$468,336 bail following their detention at the Monrovia Central Prison on allegation of duping Korean investor Hungchi Choi of US$155,797, prosecutors began pushing the court to deny the bond and allow the defendants to go back to jail.The bond was posted by the International Insurance Company of Liberia on behalf of the accused, but prosecutors are arguing that the bank failed to present several documents, such as a recent bank statement.Despite prosecution’s argument, Judge Emery Paye allowed the two ‘religious’ leaders to go back home, until the court can decide the merits and demerits of the state lawyers’ contention.There was no definite date set for the court to hear the alleged bond defect allegation.If it is established that the International Insurance Company’s bail is faulty, the pair would be arrested until a valid bond can be secured by their lawyers.Dramatically, after Conto and Kettor were released yesterday, some women believed to be members of Bishop Conto’s Mission for Today Holy Church in the New Kru Community and those of the Korean investor nearly got into a fist fight at the Temple of Justice.But they were separated by some lawyers and bystanders who themselves had gone to the Temple of Justice to attend to some legal matters.During the argument, some of the women were heard saying, “You liar, why do you have to lie on the bishop for him to go to jail? God will punish those responsible for the disgrace they brought on the bishop.”In response, Choi told the women that their ‘bishop’ allegedly “stole from me, and this is what he deserves for his action.”Bishop Conto and Pastor Kettor were arrested last Thursday and detained at the Monrovia Central Prison, when they could not secure their bond.They were accused of robbing the Korea Trading Corporation (KTC), a vehicle and spare parts sale and rental services. Kettor was KTC’s general manager.Choi, who is the owner of the company, claimed that while he was out of the country due to the Ebola virus outbreak, the two religious leaders sold and rented some of his vehicles, thereby raising several hundred thousand United States dollars and converted the proceeds into their personal use.He also alleged that the defendants rented some of his company’s vehicles to the US Military, which came to Liberia to help in the fight against Ebola, as well as the World Food Program (WFP); and deposited the money into the defendants’ established company, which he named as SACS; a claim the defendants are yet to appear in court on, to say whether or not they are guilty.The case continues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)