Zim ben­e­fits from lat­est sur­vey tech

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - NEWS - Em­manuel Kafe

ZIM­BABWE will ben­e­fit high tech­no­log­i­cal sur­vey­ing and geo-in­for­ma­tion skills and equip­ment from China fol­low­ing suc­cess­ful ne­go­ti­a­tions in Harare where part­ner­ship com­mit­ments were made.

The coun­try, which sits on a plethora of min­er­als, is fall­ing to get op­ti­mum ben­e­fits from its re­sources as a re­sult of scarce ge­o­log­i­cal data.

Zim­babwe re­lies on in­for­ma­tion from a ge­o­log­i­cal sur­vey con­ducted by the colo­nial Bri­tish gov­ern­ment in the 1950s, amidst re­ports that some of the doc­u­men­ta­tion was stolen at In­de­pen­dence in 1980.

This has al­lowed min­ing com­pa­nies loot­ing the coun­try’s re­sources on the pre­text of ex­plo­ration.

This has prompted Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe to ques­tion why the com­pa­nies are still ex­plor­ing if they are not get­ting any­thing.

Pres­i­dent of the Sur­vey In­sti­tute of Zim­babwe, Dr Charles Paradzayi, re­cently said the Chi­nese part­ner­ship would im­prove per­for­mance of the re­sources ex­trac­tion sec­tor.

“High-tech sur­vey­ing and map­ping in the global vil­lage is very vi­tal for de­vel­op­ment of a coun­try,” added Dr Paradzayi.

Pres­i­dent of the Chi­nese Na­tional Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Sur­vey­ing and Geo-in­for­ma­tion and head of del­e­ga­tion Mr Song Chaozhi said there were sev­eral ar­eas of po­ten­tial co-op­er­a­tion to be ex­plored with Zim­babwe.

“There is pos­si­ble co-op­er­a­tion in ar­eas of staff train­ing through bi­lat­eral re­la­tions, emerg­ing tech­nol­ogy in sur­vey­ing and map­ping, co­op­er­a­tion with the pri­vate sec­tor to share hard­ware and soft­ware on map­ping and sur­vey­ing and lastly pos­si­ble do­na­tions in the fu­ture.”

The Chi­nese do­nated sur­vey­ing and map­ping equip­ment to the Sur­vey In­sti­tute of Zim­babwe, amongst them a ZY3-Satel­lite and other hard­ware, and sur­vey­ing map­ping soft­ware.

The satel­lite can be used to up­date 1:50 000 to­po­graphic maps.

Sur­vey­ing en­com­passes land sur­veys, en­gi­neer­ing and to­po­graphic sur­vey­ing as well as spa­tial in­for­ma­tion man­age­ment, and re­mote sens­ing and ge­o­graph­i­cal in­for­ma­tion sci­ence.

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