A 15-Member Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the 2021 edition of the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) Working Week has being inaugurated in Accra.

Accra, won the bid in June this year to host the event, after beating the city of Krakow, Poland in a fiercely contested bid in Helsinki, Finland.

The FIG Working Week would bring the international community of surveying and spatial professionals together to experience a mix of interesting plenary and technical sessions and workshops, a trade exhibition and a variety of side events and social functions.

FIG is the premier international organisation representing the interests of surveyors worldwide.

It is the federation of national member associations and covers the whole range of professional fields within the global surveying community.

The LOC has Mr Kwame Tenadu, President, Licensed Surveyors Association of Ghana (LSAG), as Chairman; with Mr Edwin Addo-Tawiah, President, Ghana Institution of Surveyors (GhIS), as Co-Chairman.

Members include Mr Stephen Djaba, Mr John Christian Acquah, Madam Mercy Obenewah Acheampong, Mr Gustave Kplom Asamoah, Mr Obeng Ayirebi, and Mr Kofi Cobbold.

The rest are Madam Elizabeth Yemidi, Madam Yvonne Odoley Sowah, Madam Yvonne Danquah, Ms Beatrice Abena Appiah and Ms Ethel Danquah with Mr Magnus Rex Danquah and Mr Benjamin Ahene Sakyi as ex-officio members.

Among the terms of reference of the LOC is to organise and successfully host the FIG 2021 Working Week by supervising programmes and activities in line with the deadlines and requirements as specified by the FIG.

Alhaji Mohammed Adjei-Sowah, Chief Executive Officer, Accra Metropolitan Assembly, who swore-in the LOC, congratulated the leadership of the GhIS and LSAG for putting up a high-spirited effort to win the bid for Accra to host the FIG Work Week 2021.

He said the current land administration system was one of the most critical root causes of problems confronting Ghana in general and urban areas in particular.

“As we are all aware, the land administration system in Ghana today is confronted with multiplicity of challenges in the areas of multiple on allocations, haphazard, uncontrolled and uncoordinated physical development in our cities, indeterminate boundaries, cumbersome process to register land as well as land litigation just to mention a few,” Alhaji Adjei-Sowah said.

“It is worthy to mention that we cannot as a country develop and win investors’ confidence if effective and efficient land governance and administration is not put in place to forestall the challenges confronting the land sector,” he added.

He urged professional bodies such as the GhIS and LSAG to assist in city management; declaring that “This is your city! This is my city! This is our city!”

Mr Tedanu, who is also the FIG Commissioner in-charge of Spatial Planning and Development, said the Working Week was going to afford them the platform to showcase the rich Ghanaian culture, to bring in potential investments and to expose Ghana to the rest of the world.

He said it would also engender immeasurable avenues for growth and evolution of the surveying profession in Ghana; stating that “For this reason and more, it therefore, becomes paramount that we all get involved”.

He urged government agencies, the private sector and industries to lend their support by way of heavy financial backing to this worthy endeavour by surveyors; one that would open the frontier to many possibilities for all sectors.

Mr Kwesi Agyeman, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Tourism Authority, said the hotel and tourism industry would adequately prepare towards hosting the large number of the participants who would be arriving in the country for the 2021 edition of the FIG Work Week.

He said the road leading to the Kakum National Park, which is one of the famous tourism destinations in the country, was not in good shape and therefore needed rehabilitation.

Mr Addo-Tawiah commended Mr Tedanu for bring honour to Ghana on his re-election as Chair of Spatial Planning and Development Commission

Source: GNA/Newsghana.com.gh