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Africa Regional Network:

2018 Geo-spatial Technology Impacts: Shifting the Paradigm in Africa - Workshop

17-19 October 2018, Gaborone, Botswana


Final report from the Workshop

Final report from the Young Surveyors First Africa Meeting

Dear Colleagues

It is my great pleasure to invite you to the Africa Regional Network 2018, a prestigious event where Geospatial professionals across the continent of Africa will be gathered to discuss pertinent issues in their profession cutting across many Industries. The event will be held in Gaborone, Botswana from the 17th to the 19th October 2018 at Tlotlo Hotel & Conference Centre. The theme for this year’s network is “Geospatial Technology Impacts: Shifting the Paradigm in Africa”.

The Africa Regional Network focus is to build the capacity of African Surveying & Geomatics Associations and individual professionals to act as agents of positive change and encourage the process of development and growth for the benefit of Africa and its people.

The 3 day long workshop will be limited to 100 people for this year. The registration works on a “first come” bases however, geographical diversity will be sought with quotas holding for each Africa region (North, West, East and Southern). The workshop will be a roundtable format and will offer interesting plenary and discussion sessions. This year’s ARN will be organized by FIG member institution, the Botswana Institute of Geomatics and in partnership with ESRI Southern Africa.

The 2018 workshop focus is on the African Geomatics Profession and the impacts of ever changing geospatial technologies, how they can be utilized to best contribute to the challenges and opportunities of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) particularly addressing Goal 11: “Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” The program is designed to be informative, highly participatory and productive and above all mixed with some fun as we will conclude with the opportunity of a joint sightseeing field trip.

We are all looking forward to welcome you in Gaborone, Botswana for highly stimulating days in the company of great minds within the geospatial world. Registrations and flight/ hotel bookings will need to be concluded by 15th September 2018. Because places are limited, anyone who register after the due date do please notify the organizers who will place you on a reserve list.

I look forward to seeing you at the 2018 Africa Regional Network in Gaborone.

Jakoba Kgopolelo
Botswana Institute of Geomatics


Detailed draft programme

Outline Program:


14.00-19.00 Early registration


Shifting the paradigm: African Governments and Geospatial Technologies
08.00-08.30 Arrival and registration
08.45-09.15 Welcome remarks
09.15-10.00 FIG and ARN mandate
10.00-10.30 Coffee/tea
10.30-13.00 Plenary session 1: the role The Role of African Governments in advancing Geospatial Technologies that are Fit For Purpose.

Kwame Tenadu, Chairman,FIG Commission 8, Spatial Planning & Development, 2015-2018
Peter Newmarch, President, South African Geomatics Institute, (SAGI)
Tshiamiso Oitsile, Director, Department of Surveys & Mapping, Botswana
Jossam Potel, Head of Department, Land Administration and Management, INES-Ruhengeri University, Rwanda
13.00-14.00 Lunch and group phote
14.00-15.45 Session (group discussions)
15.45-16.00 Coffee/tea
16.00-16.45 Sessions (group presentations)
  Closing Day 1


Shifting the paradigm: Developing African Smart Cities
08.30-09.45 Plenary session 2: Developing African Smart Cities and Communities

Diane Dumashie, Vice President, International Federation of Surveyors, (FIG)
Jakoba Kgopolelo, President, Botswana Institute of Geomatics
Maje Maje, President, Real Estate Institute of Botswana, (REIB)

Muhammad Mansur Kabir,
Registrar/CEO of Surveyors Council of Nigeria, (SURCON)
09.45-10.30 Why do smart cities need Geospatial Technologies? by ESRI
10.30-11.00 Coffe/tea
11.00-12.30 Building a formal cadastre in an informal World
12.30-13.00 African Smart Cities concept by Young Surveyros Network
13.00-14.00 Lunch & Group Photo
14.00-15.45 Session (Group Discussions)
15.45-16.00 Coffee/tea
16.00-16.45 Sessions (PGroup Presentations)
  Closing Day 2


08.00-09.00 Young Surveyors Network
09.00-10.00 ARN Resolutions Meeting
10.0-10.30 Closing Remarks
10.30-11.00  Coffee/tea
11.00-12.30 Tour of Department of Surveys and Mapping
12.30-18.00 Lunch and Tour of Mmokolodi Nature reserve



Registration is limited to 100 attendees. This will be a first come served basis. However, geographical diversity will be sought with quotas holding for each Africa region (North, West, East and Sthouthern). To register go to the Eventbrite link: 

Once you have registered on Eventbrite the BIG office will send personalized invitation letters to help you process your visa to Botswana.

To know more about visa requirements for your country please go to this link: 



Tlotlo Hotel & Conference Centre. A 4 star hotel situated in the west side of Gaborone. Visit their site to get sneak peek of their rooms and conference facilities. 

Negotiated Rates:
Standard Room: $75 per night, Twin Room: $90 per night.

Other Nearby Accommodation

To find nearby hotels, lodges and guesthouses please go to this link  then click the button “Show nearby hotels”
Some Budget Accommodation Nearby (You need to book directly with them)
Pleasant Garden Guest house: $38 per night
Panshaa Bed & Breakfast: $45 per night
Sppedway Bed & Breakfast: $48 per night

Most of our Hotels and Lodges have free Wifi, Airconditioned rooms and cable TV.



Game Viewing & Bush Braais (Barbecue)

An experience not to be missed! The Bush Braais at Mokolodi are an opportunity to enjoy the best game viewing the Reserve has to offer and a sumptuous spread of local specialties.

Join us for welcome drinks at Reception and then for a one-hour game drive in one of our safari vehicles, followed by a Bush Braai consisting of a variety of meats, salads, dessert and finished off with coffee around an open fire at one of our select sites. The evening is rounded off by a slow night drive back to the front gate. For more info visit

For only $35 per person. Payment confirmations should be done by 15th September 2018.

Tour of Department of Surveys and Mapping, Botswana.

Over the past few years, the Government of Botswana through the Ministry of Lands & the Department of Surveys & Mapping have embarked on a Land Administration reformation program seeking for efficient land management and administration processes. It was carried out through a project called LAPCAS (Improvement of Land Administration Procedures, Capacity and Systems in Botswana).
To see:

  • The department structures & processes.
  • Cadastral Information System, CIS.
  • Land Information System Plot & Plan Module.



If you have any questions, on

Registration, please contact  infobsma13[at]

Logistics, please contact omolefhi[at]

Programme, please contact maphalegeocor[at]