The GPC Group has supported the development and utilization of geospatial technology in Afghanistan for many years. This has included the formulation of the first national spatial data infrastructure policy for the country in 2008, awareness workshops and seminars, the planning for a National Geo-Informatics Centre (NGIC) in 2017 and current involvement in the design for a national Urban Management Information System (UMIS) for 5 provincial capitals that will eventually be scaled up to cover all urban areas across the country. In alignment with this commitment, GPC-GIS was appointed in July 2018 as an authorized reseller for Digital Globe products and services in Afghanistan. Digital Globe is a US-based, premium world-wide supplier of high resolution satellite imagery. According to GPC Group founder Mark Sorensen “Satellite based remote sensing has proved invaluable for providing information about the country’s urban development, agriculture and mineral resources. This is especially important for collecting information in areas where security concerns constrain traditional mapping and field survey work”.
“GPC-GIS has a proven track record in promoting and supporting large scale, multi-sector geospatial programs across the region”, says Rami Hazime, Digital Globe Senior Regional Sales Manager for the Middle East. “We see the partnership with GPC-GIS as vital to ensuring that the products and services we have to offer together are put to best use in supporting the achievement of peace, prosperity and the country’s sustainable development aspirations”.