Chinese Experts To Help Fiji Set Up Its Operating Reference Stations Network
Main objective of this meeting was to promote the friendly exchange and cooperation between the NASG and the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources of Fiji
The National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geo-Information of China (NASG) will help Fiji to set up its Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS) network and provide other technical assistance.
The permanent secretary for Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources, Malakai Finau, said Fiji is using an outdated version.
“ This will help Fiji to update our geodetic framework,” he said.
“A geodatic framework is a series of reference points which Fiji uses for location, navigation and other relevant surveying works.”
Mr Finau said the exchange of information was an opportunity to learn from the Chinese delegates.
““For NASG to know about our National Geospatial information development status and discuss how China can help Fiji set up its continuously operating reference stations (CORS) network and provide other technical assistance,” he said.
“China-Fiji diplomatic and economic relations had since significantly increased then with Fiji setting up a Trade Commissioner in China and also Fiji Airways flying to China on a weekly and regular basis.”
The meeting was attended by NASG, deputy director, Song Chaozhi, the deputy director of NASG with his six delegates and the managers from the Chinese Geo-industry.
Mr Song said the exchange programme between China and Fiji will build better relationships.
“I am assured that with assisting Fiji in their programmes, China and Fiji will be able to build a better relationship in the trade Industry.”
A total of nine delegates from China attended the meeting yesterday.
They donated the Geo-informatics software developed by the companies in China to the Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources, Faiyaz Siddiq Koya.
Background of the Meeting
This meeting emanated from the sixth session of the UN-GGIM (United Nations-Global Geospatial Information Management) meeting that was held in New York from 1-5 August 2016.
The meeting was attended by the then Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources, Mereseini Vuniwaqa and senior government officials.
The Fiji delegation met with the China delegation and discussed and arranged for this meeting resulting in an invitation sent to NASG for this meeting.
The main objective of the meeting is to promote the friendly exchange and cooperation between the NASG and the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources of Fiji.
Involvement of Chinese Companies in Fiji Mining Sector
The Ministry for Lands and Mineral Resources also has Chinese companies operating in the Mining Sector in particular Zhongrun Company.
This operates the Vatukoula Gold Mine and the Xinfa Company, operates the Bauxite Mines in Nawailevu (Bua) and Naibulu East (Macuata).
Both of these companies are from the Shandong Province.
Edited by Farzana nisha