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</span><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">colleagues at the
</span><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD)</span><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">  organised
 successful training program in Open Source Tools, Data and Applications. Participants from  Eswatini Kingdom, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Lesotho,</span><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"> 
</span><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Zambia and Zimbabwe were given training in Open Source Tools, Data and Applications.</span><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></p>
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<span style="color:#454545;"><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Details at
</span><a href="https://www.rcmrd.org/training-on-open-source-tools-data-and-applications-in-eswatini" id="ydpbda18ce3yiv9042817403LPlnk465610" class="ydpbda18ce3yiv9042817403x_x_x_OWAAutoLink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">https://www.rcmrd.org/training-on-open-source-tools-data-and-applications-in-eswatini</span></a></span><br>
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<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">This is a good example of Bridging the Geospatial Digital Divide and providing opportunities for economically poor communities also to be part of the geo digital economy.
 I am grateful to all colleagues working on this excellent initiative. </span><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></p>
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<span style="color:#454545;"><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I request all colleagues to expand this ideas and scale up</span><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"> 
</span><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">geoeducation by using our resources at </span><a href="https://www.osgeo.org/foundation-news/please-share-geoforall-teaching-research-resources-colleagues-students/" id="ydpbda18ce3yiv9042817403LPlnk305910" class="ydpbda18ce3yiv9042817403x_x_x_OWAAutoLink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">https://www.osgeo.org/foundation-news/please-share-geoforall-teaching-research-resources-colleagues-students/</span></a></span><br>
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<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I wish to send my greetings to all colleagues for the
<b>Digital Earth Africa Day</b> on 12th August 2019. Digital Earth Africa [1][2] will transform the continent’s capacity to process and analyze satellite data for better decision making across many areas, including water, forest and coastal resource management,
 agriculture, and urban development.</span><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"> 
</span><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Digital Earth Africa Day will take place on the sidelines of the RCMRD International Conference & 4th AfriGEOSS Symposium</span><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"> 
</span><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">at the RCMRD Campus,Nairobi, Kenya. Details at
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<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I am grateful to all colleagues working for bridging the geospatial digital divide and providing opportunities for economically poor to also be part of the geo digital economy.</span><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"> 
</span><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Let us all work together to help create a world that is more accessible, equitable and full of innovation and opportunities for everyone.</span><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></p>
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