The University of the South Pacific hosted participants from over 28 countries at the opening of a 4 day Workshop on the Applications of Global Navigation Satellite Systems(GNSS) in Suva today.
The workshop which was officiated by the Minister for Infrastructure & Transport and Disaster management for Infrastructure & Meteorological Services, Hon.Jone Usamate saw participants from America,China,Russia, Africa, Asia and Pacific Island countries.
In his opening remarks the inline minister said that event such as this is an opportunity where people from around the world can learn about issues that are happening in the Pacific and at the same time share knowledge that can benefit the rest of the region.
There is emphasis on how the value of GNSS application can potentially provide growing benefit in the area of telecommunication, mapping and survey,monitoring of environment, agriculture and natural resource management, early disaster warning and emergency response and aviation, maritime and land transportation.
Sharataf Gadimova, a representative from the United Nations office for Outer Space Affairs said that this regional workshop aims to demonstrate the value of GNSS to the global community and to encourage the integration of this important technology into the basic infrastructure of developed and developing nations.
Participants are also advised to use the acquired knowledge from this unique opportunity to educate policymakers in how the potential benefits of GNSS applications can contribute to their nations economic and social advancement.
The workshop is co-sponsored by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and International Committee on GNSS.