There is increasing interest among African nations in the potential for using modern technology to aid their development.
There is increasing interest among African nations in the potential for using modern technology to aid their development. An important tool in the process of economic development is the presence of up to date surveys and maps, which can help define and plan national resources. In Abidjan, Ivory Coast, a conference has been held to discuss how best cartography an aid development in Africa.
SYNOPSIS: The Ivory Coast Minister of State Mr. Mathieu Ekra opened the fourth United Nations Regional Cartographic Conference for Africa. The conferences aim to give effect to a United Nation resolution encouraging efforts to survey and map the world.
Dr. Adebayo Adedeji, the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa, said the conference would be valuable in helping to solve the map-making and surveying problems of member states. He described cartography as a 'basic tool for the judicious exploitation of natural resources'. He told the delegates that most parts of Africa are inadequately mapped. And he said this hindered the accumulation of important information needed for development.
Dr. Adedeji said that without the information that can be obtained from the science of cartography, development projects cannot be properly planned or economically carried out. Delegates and officials saw an exhibition of the ways modern surveying can help plan water resources, agriculture, industry, energy resources, transportation and the exploitation of minerals.