From 21st to 23rd November 2017 INES-Ruhengeri hosted an international workshop, “Fédération Internationale des Géomètres (FIG) “, where experts from 8 countries (Nigeria, R.D Congo, Kenya, Zimbabwe, UK, Ghana, Uganda and Rwanda) converged in Rwanda.
FIG is the premier international organization representing the interests of surveyors worldwide. It is a federation of the national member associations and covers the whole range of professional fields within the global surveying, geomatics, geodesy and geo-information community. It provides an international forum for discussion and development aiming to promote professional practice and standards.
FIG was founded on July 18 1878 in Paris by delegates from seven national associations – Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Spain and Switzerland – and was known as the Fédération Internationale des Géomètres. This has become anglicized to the International Federation of Surveyors. It is a UN-recognized non-government organization (NGO), representing more than 120 countries throughout the world, and its aim is to ensure that the disciplines of surveying and all who practise them meet the needs of the markets and communities that they serve.
FIG members meet annually in different regions to discuss global issues in land related matters and share experience. In this years’ focus, urbanisation and land titling is the focus for all land administration and surveyor practitioners. Urbanisation is a significant global trend recognising that technological and physical infrastructure assets are one of the first key investment projects in the development of cities. Large scale infrastructure spans both urban and rural land, consequently, land and property professionals are both enablers, and leaders in the use of technological, and the provision of social and physical networked assets.
This workshop concentrated upon infrastructure assets (networks and buildings), applied to the land profession skills development as well as to the wider land institutions. It has considered thought leadership, transformational trends, talent (you), and technology, ending with how the Profession may take a step-up to lead and promote the implementation of networked infrastructure in the rural and urban environments to benefit society.
This workshop has enabled participants:
- Trends: to improve and recognise the nature of urbanisation in the context of SDG11 and infrastructure, and recap on what it means for good governance,
- Talent: to be more familiar with the nature of Leadership: theory & applied, enabling your understanding of skill development and setting your own style,
- Technology: to expose you to the role of Geospatial technology innovations for land tenure security and land management in East Africa as led by ESRI Rwanda,
- Ultimately, building your awareness and confidence to lead strategic change and make a positive impact
INES-Ruhengeri being a member of FIG has implemented different projects including the ongoing project of its4land combines an innovation process with emerging geospatial technologies, including smart sketch maps, UAVs, automated feature extraction, and geocloud services, to deliver land recording services that are end-user responsive, market driven, and fit-for-purpose. It also has an experience in pro poor land administration that was implemented by the government of Rwanda was chosen to host this meeting and workshop not only for study tour but also to share Rwanda’s experience since the country has 100% of registered land yet Africa reports only 10% of registered land.
From this workshop and study tour, participants from African countries will be able to realize that proper land administration is possible if all concerned institutions both from public and private sector work together.
When addressing his speech the guest of Mr MUSABYIMANA Jean Claude, The PS in the Ministry of Lands and Forestry explained effort made by the Government of Rwanda in land use and land management where he emphasized on the use of technology and online portals to serve the people. “I take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to INES-Ruhengeri for its endeavors in quality education especially by choosing to embark on the road of Applied Sciences with specific emphasis on the needs of the country. Mostly I thank INES for the initiative taken to start of academic programs addressing the key issues of the Ministry of Lands and Forestry”.
He appreciated the introduction of the programs such as Land Survey and Land Administration. These programs have made INES-Ruhengeri to become a key partner of the Ministry of Lands and Forestry.
In his message, Bishop Vincent HAROLIMANA, Legal Representative and Chancellor of INES-Ruhengeri explained the motivation behind the creation of INES and its orientation of being institute of applied sciences. “I expect that, FIG workshop is an added value not only for INES teaching agenda but also for its research agenda in addressing issues related to land administration and management in Rwanda in particular and in the region as a whole.” He said
All participants, especially Dr. Dumashie Diane Vice President of FIG appreciated how Rwanda hosted this workshop high standard level in organization and the effort INES-Ruhengeri Staff used in preparation of this workshop.