KOICA completes digital maps of Vientiane
A joint cooperation project between Laos and the Republic of Korea on the digital mapping of Vientiane, covering 4,600 hectares on a scale of 1 to 2,000 was completed recently, with a handover ceremony held in Vientiane yesterday.
During the ceremony, the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) officially handed over the digital maps to the Ministry of Home Affairs.
The maps have been developed as part of the project on digital topographic mapping and capacity building in Laos, which received a grant of US$3.5 million.
From 2014 to 2017, KOICA has supported the Ministry of Home Affairs not only to produce a series of large-scale digital maps of Vientiane but also to develop the capacity of Lao officials by transferring technologies and experiences on digital topographic mapping.
An official handover signing ceremony was inked by Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Mr Thongchanh Manixay, and Resident Representative of the KOICA Laos office, Mr Kim Hahng-joo.
Speaking at the ceremony, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea Yun Kang-hyeon said that in addition to the assistance in producing the most accurate digital map of Vientiane, support from the Republic of Korea is also helping Laos to establish national guidelines on the production, management and utilisation of digital maps.
Minister of Home Affairs Mr Khammanh Sounvileuth said he was pleased that Korea has been contributing to urban development in Vientiane by creating the large scale series of digital maps.
He said the completion of the mapping will add to the capacity of Lao officials and engineers, through learning advanced technology from experts, who are specialised in establishing a topographic information database.
The project is important for social and economic development, especially for Vientiane. The digital mapping data will be used in town planning, road planning, electricity expansion, water supplies, telecommunications, environmental conservation, disaster prevention plans, design and project construction, Mr Khammanh said.
According to an official from the Ministry of Home Affairs, the ministry expects that the new digital topographic maps will enable detailed development plans to be drawn up, which will benefit various urban planning activities, for example the expansion of the electricity, water supply and road networks, thanks to highly accurate and up-to-date data.
The government was previously using countrywide maps produced in 1985, whose data was inadequate for the making of accurate socio-economic development plans because of the many changes that have been occurred over the last 30 years.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update March 01, 2017)