January 19, 2013

Esri Rwanda partners with Spatial Dimension who starts work to implement a new Mining Cadastre for Rwanda

Spatial Dimension is pleased to announce that they have begun work on an 18 month project to implement a new computerised mining cadastre system for the Rwandan Geology and Mines Department, the mining sector regulatory body within the Ministry of Natural Resources (MINIRENA).

The project forms part of the four year Strategic Capacity Building Initiative (SCBI) which is focused on combining delivery of government priorities with capacity building. The mining sector is one of the country's biggest export earners, and a key focus for the Government of Rwanda is to increase mining exports and production while at the same time delivering a positive economic impact for the citizens of Rwanda.

The Government of Rwanda has already made several progressive steps in recent years to ensure that mining is able to propel economic growth, this includes; focus on investment through increased privatization, formalization of the artisanal sector, clear policy, legal and regulatory framework and notable success in the East Africa region in implementing tagging and certification measures to ensure that minerals are free from conflict.

"Having won the project on open tender, it has been a pleasure working with MINIRENA in recent months as we concluded the contractual details and then undertook detailed planning for this key project in Rwanda. The project includes a six month implementation phase, followed by a twelve month support phase," said Mr Bill Feast, Managing Director of Spatial Dimension.

"Rwanda now joins the vibrant FlexiCadastre user community in East Africa, a community that already includes the likes of Tanzania, Zambia, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Mozambique and the DRC. Together with our partners Esri Rwanda and MTL Consulting Tanzania, we look forward to implementing a world class and sustainable mining cadastre solution for Rwanda," concluded Mr Feast.

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About FlexiCadastre

FlexiCadastre uses a workflow-centric and spatially-enabled approach to provide a scalable, enterprise-ready and integrated solution to drive the efficient administration of mineral rights and contracts across multiple global jurisdictions. Using a web portal for data management and reporting, advanced task management, configurable business logic and best of breed GIS technologies, FlexiCadastre has become a world leader in mineral rights management solutions.

Corporate FlexiCadastre clients include African Barrick Gold, Anglo American Thermal Coal, Anglo American Exploration, Anglo American Platinum, AngloGold Ashanti, Barrick Gold, Goldcorp, Hochschild Mining, Kinross, Kumba Iron Ore, Rio Tinto, Teck and Vale. Government FlexiCadastre clients include the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Greenland, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

About Spatial Dimension

Spatial Dimension is a solution-focused software development and service company with established expertise in the delivery of innovative and cost effective, spatially enabled solutions for the land and resource management sectors. Their flagship product, FlexiCadastre, is the solution of choice globally for both Government Agencies and Mineral Resource Companies wanting to implement integrated mineral rights management.

Spatial Dimension is an Esri Gold Partner and winner of an Esri Business Partner of the Year award in 2010.

Spatial Dimension has offices in Cape Town, Pretoria, Vancouver, Perth, Sydney and Belo Horizonte.

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