Information from Esri
Geospatial software developer Esri announced a joint initiative with AfroChampions, a Pan-African non-profit that aims to promote policies that foster private-public collaboration for Africa’s economic transformation.
This initiative will offer African governments and other organisations access to Esri’s GIS technology and expertise, in addition to a broad network of regional partners. In doing so it seeks to engage leaders in business, governments, the African Union, and regional economic communities in applying geospatial solutions, as well as to promote the benefits of a shared geospatial infrastructure across the continent.
This partnership is aligned with key continental initiatives such as the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTFA); the African Development Bank Strategy for 2013 – 2022; the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; and the African Union Agenda 2063, which emphasises the need for global Geospatial Information for Sustainable Development (GI4SD) management.
AfroChampions executive director, Dr. Edem Adzogenu considers the AfCFTA as the continent’s recovery plan, and geospatial solutions as a technology to operationalise it. Core enablers of the AfCFTA are transportation and connectivity, the removal of non-tariff barriers, low-cost power, and enhanced value and industrialisation in a modernised digital economy – all of which can benefit from mapping and data analytics that geographic information systems provide.