The AfricaGIS Conference and Exhibition series 2021 will hold in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, from 22 to 26 November 2021. The Conference, a flagship geospatial information marketplace in Africa, holds every two years. It is organised by EIS-Africa, a pan African non-profit organisation. This year, EIS-Africa and the Bureau National d’Études Techniques et de Developpement (BNETD) will co-host the conference. The University of Rwanda, with the support of the United Nations Economic Commission, United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) Africa, GMES in Africa, Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and Digital Earth Africa, hosted the last edition.
The week-long gathering features keynote speeches by leading scholars, technical sessions with reports of the latest research outcomes. Furthermore, it will also feature plenary and parallel sessions of oral presentations. In addition, there will be poster presentations on topics such as capacity building, geospatial policy, programmes and projects. Likewise, there will be exhibitions of the latest products and services in geospatial science and technology.
For the past 20 years, the series has contributed immensely to developing skills and institutional capacity in geo-information across the continent. Furthermore, these fora have served as platforms for bringing together hundreds of key stakeholders, including professionals, government officials, development agencies, policy and decision-makers, to deliberate on innovations in the field of geospatial information technology and its potential contribution to development, share knowledge and experience on applications, and advancements in assisting to address developmental challenges.
Following its launch in 1993, this conference has been instrumental in creating geospatial information and technological usage awareness in Africa. Sequential editions focused on the narrative of the potential of geospatial data and the need to build capacity for this. The initiative’s success is evident by the fact that over time and with subsequent editions, it has attracted an increasingly diverse group of experts and organisations whose participation has constantly brought significant value-adding elements to the discussions and proposals.
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