News in 2017
The Sustainable Development Goals: The response from Ghana Institution
20 - 26 February 2017, Accra Ghana
GhIS February 2017 Conference Opening Session
” All nations will need to build the Sustainable Development Goals into
their national policies and plans if we are to achieve them”
General Ban Ki-Moon (UN SDG report 2016).
(then) Ghana government, officially launched the SDGs in Ghana in 15th
Feb 2016 by demonstrating Ghana’s commitment to enable public
understanding of and support for the SDGs in the country.
The focus of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the surveyor’s
role to progress the implementation of these was the theme underpinning
the FIG Vice President Diane Dumashie visit to Accra. At the
invitation of the Executive Secretary at the Ghana’s Lands Commission,
and invited to present at the Ghana Institute of Surveyors (GhIS) 2017
Annual Surveyors Week, and additionally chaired the FIG Africa Regional
Network Steering group meeting.
Centre Dr W Anim Odame Executive secretary, flanked by
FIG VP D Dumashie
and Senior Directors of the Ghana Lands Commission
Meeting at the Ghana Lands Commission head office
First Dr W Anim Odame Executive Secretary Lands Commission and Surv J
Ofori Boadu, Deputy Executive Secretary invited Vice President Diane
Dumashie to the Ghana Lands Commission head office located at
Cantonments, Accra. A fruitful meeting was held and included the
Directors of Survey & Mapping, Valuation and Land Registration, enabling
a discourse and exchange of views around the challenges facing the wider
land professionals to maintain societal relevance in line with the SDG’s
and specifically building the capacity across the African continent.
Concluding with the Lands Commissions commitment that their staff will
be encouraged to continue to engage with the FIG wider membership.
GhIS annual Surveyors week
Next, GhIS (a FIG Member Association) held its 12th annual Surveyors
week (and 48th annual general meeting) “The surveyor and the sustainable
development goals” starting on February 18 and concluded on February 26.
The surveyors week is a terrific weeklong event, bringing together the
land professionals, across 4 divisions (Survey and Mapping, Valuation,
QS and Estates Surveys), inviting sister organisations and engagement
with key stakeholders from governments, civil society, academia, the
development community, and the private sector.
The main venue, at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public
Administration, was beneficial to a busy week that opened on Day 1 with
a press conference launch, Day 2 outreach to civic society with an
afternoon of public education, TV and radio stations interviews and a
further afternoon of public dialogue and crucially Day 3 the orientation
for new GHIS members.
Hon Madame Atta Akyea, Minister for Water Resources, Works &
Housing Opening and Chair of Day 4 Deliberations
The thematic deliberations on Day 4 were chaired by Hon Madame Atta
Akyea, Min for Water Resources, Works & Housing and included an opening
presentation from Mr Sulemana Mahama Technical Director, Ministry of
Land and Natural Resources. Goodwill messages were delivered by
Vice President of FIG, President of NIS and AFRES Africa Young
surveyor’s chapter President. The key note address was provided y
Prof Ebenezer Owusu Oduro Vice Chancellor University of Ghana.
Three key notes were delivered and all signaled the importance of
societal benefit in land governance and land professionals actions,
including the technical aspects from ‘Ghana’s Enterprise Land
Information Systems’, D Hoskins, ‘Gender Equality in Land’, Dr Akosua
Darkwah, and ‘The Role of the Surveyor in the SDG’s
‘, by Dr Diane Dumashie. This was followed by interactive and parallel breaks out
sessions across the range of land professional activities.
President, Surv Emmanuel t Martey and FIG Vice President Diane Duamhie
Traditionally, the final day involves the Presidential lecture,
delivered by President, Emmanuel Martey FGhIS. He outlined that
National governments have the primary responsibility for the
implementation of the SDGs and must take the lead by establishing
national plans. This effort was already visible in the development
of the shared growth and Development Agenda II (40 yrs development plan-
the Ghana we want’, as part of the global process for defining ‘the
world we want’) by the National Development Planning Commission.
The NDPC is the lead national public sector institutions for integrating
the SDGs in national development plans, as well as regional development
agendas such as Agenda 2063 of the African Union.
Incoming GhIS President,
Edwin Addoh-Tawaiah and FIG Vice President Diane Dumashie
The lecture is followed by the Annual General Meeting, at which the
incoming President, Surv Edwin Addoh-Tawaiah (FghIS), was sworn in.
The busy week is concluded with the highlight Presidential Ball.
Joined by the guest of honour Member of Parliament France Manu-Adabor,
all delegates enjoyed a ceremonious and lively evening, including
recognising and congratulating those GhIS members elevated to the Class
Finally, the conference theme focus on the SDG’s is timely and important
to the FIG Africa Regional Network (ARN) activities, given its 4 year
term mandate to undertake annual workshops that are underpinned by the
Vice President Diane Dumashie chaired the ARN steering group. The
members conducted the oversight matters associated with the running of
the network, and agreed the final ARN strategic framework document that
will be formerly delivered at the next Roundtable scheduled at the FIG
2017 Working Week in Helsinki, Finland
21 March 2017