WINDHEOK, 26 JUL – Localising data will help Namibia to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Deputy Minister of Economic Planning Pieter van der Walt has said.
Van der Walt made these remarks at a two-day GeoSpatial Information Statistics (GIS) and National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) forum held in Windhoek on Thursday.
“Better access to and use of government’s location-based information will significantly contribute to Namibia’s economy and improve government’s efficiency,” said Van der Walt.
He noted that the localisation of data will help communities and businesses to undertake better spatial planning, optimise physical infrastructure investment and enable multi-agency intelligence.
Local-based information, according to the deputy minister, will reduce the amount of resources required to collect, maintain, store and share location information across multiple agencies.
Echoing Van der Walt’s sentiments was the Economic Advisor in the Office of the President, John Steytler, who said that data figures and statistics are critical to global development.
“Not just in Namibia or the Southern African Development Community, but globally, the mining of data and basing policies and blue prints for the future on real reliable and well-researched statistics is now the norm,” Steytler said.
The forum will end on Friday.