By Bryanne Onsoti and Joseph K. Mwangi

Nairobi 4th Nov… Lands and Physical Planning CS, Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi says the Survey of Kenya needs to fast track the implementation of Geospatial Data plan process so as to catch up with our neighboring countries.

“The Ministry came up with the Geospatial Data plan in order to acquire data with explicit positioning information such as road networks and drainage systems.” Said Prof. Kaimenyi

Prof. Kaimenyi spoke when he opened the 11th East Africa User Conference at a Kisumu Hotel.

“I am happy to say that My Ministry, has embraced Geographic Information System (GIS) technology and is implementing its use in all its directorates and departments.” Said Lands and Physical Planning CS.

Prof. Kaimenyi expressed that The Kenyan Government is now fast tracking computerization of information systems and are able to use GIS to enhance revenue collection and service delivery to the citizens.

The Lands CS said that in the year 2013, the National Titling Centre was set up, with a goal of producing three million title deeds in three years and the Centre is fully GIS based.

”My Ministry has completed the construction of the National Geospatial Data Center where the KNSDI will be housed together with the Continuous Operating Reference Stations (CORS) Control Centre in order to ease  geo-reference property boundaries as envisaged in the Kenyan Land Law especially the Land Act 2012 and the Land Registration Act 2012.” Said Prof. Kaimenyi

Prof. Kaimenyi said that his Ministry in collaboration with National Land Commission will track down the land cartels and reclaim the public land lost in the lake region.

Earlier, while addressing participants at the conference Lands PS, Arch. Mariamu El Maawy said Geospatial Information System (GIS) received global recognition in July 2011, when the United Nations – Global Geospatial Information Management (UN‐GGIM) was established by the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).

It is to be run by a Committee of Experts drawn from UN member states.

The Lands PS said that in a modern land administration system, the National Mapping Authority is the ideal organization to lead delivery, operation and maintenance of the necessary spatial infrastructure, such as the National Geodetic Reference Framework, required to support land surveying processes and in development of an accurate and reliable National Cadastral Fabric.