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Loretta Palacio

Loretta Palacio

Loretta Palacio

Wednesday, May 7, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: The fourth annual GIS User Conference began in Belize City today at the Biltmore Plaza.

While the Conference’s theme refers to enhancing business decisions, a wide variety of presenters over the next two days shows that geographic information systems are the new wave of tools for applications in all sectors.

We spoke to Senator Godwin Hulse, who is Minister in charge of many departments that have use for GIS.

The Minister says that Ministries from NEMO to Weather Bureau to others have uses for the technology, and it even trickles down to usage of cell phones and IPad’s without which, he told us, he would have been less informed about a recent flood in the Stann Creek District.

Conference organizer and managing director of Total Business Solutions, Loretta Palacio, ran down an impressive list of areas where GIS can be used – everywhere from the public to the private sector, business to government to education.

Many of these will be discussed over the next two days.

The conference continues on Thursday.

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