Public-private partnerships for the geospatial sector

By on 10 August, 2021

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The World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC) has released a new report outlining the role geospatial public-private partnerships (PPP) can play in solving societies’ problems.

The report, ‘Public-Private Geospatial Collaborations: Exploring Potential Partnership Models,’ describes how many governments are looking for new models with which to tackle big issues such as environmental degradation and climate change.

Some of the solutions could include the use of PPP models to deliver e-services related to cadastre, land administration, geospatial infrastructure, data and services.

The WGIC PPP Committee organised consultative roundtables in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and North America to gather views from a range of stakeholders. The Committee worked closely with the World Bank and the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) under The US Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC).

The report examines PPPs’ history and context, identifies opportunities and challenges, and outlines business-model structures and examples of what the geospatial community is doing to implement PPPs.

Amongst other things, the report:

  • Explores twelve PPP business models of relevance to the geospatial industry
  • Issues high-level guidelines to stakeholders towards developing a good PPP
  • Presents seven geospatial PPP use-cases
  • Makes recommendations for the next steps related to PPPs

“The work of the WGIC on PPPs identifies potential sectors in the geospatial industry to target over the next few years, where we can explore and take forward different commercial models,” said WGIC PPP Committee Chair Willy Govender.

“As we go deeper into the digital future, partnerships between the public and commercial sectors will help alleviate many challenges in our society.

“Geospatial infrastructure, data, and knowledge have consistently proven vital to decision making, analysis, and prediction, and WGIC wants to empower the industry players and public sector customers on possible PPP procurement models to foster greater collaboration where the benefit is mutual.”

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