Director AGO commissions new geospatial systems in PNG
30 April 2019
The Director of the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (AGO), Mr Scott Dewar, and representatives from Papua New Guinea (PNG) conducted a formal hand over of new geospatial IT systems to the National Mapping Bureau in Port Moresby today.
The gifting of these enhanced systems is a milestone in AGO’s longstanding relationship with the Bureau that dates back to the 1990s.
The new technology and training provided by AGO will enhance the capability of the National Mapping Bureau to produce geospatial products across PNG.
The new systems were recently used to support PNG’s successful hosting of the 2018 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders’ Summit. Geospatial products delivered by the National Mapping Bureau were essential to the planning and execution of security operations for the Summit.
Defence cooperation with PNG reflects a partnership built on a common history, deep community links and shared trade, investment and security interests. It also reflects Australia’s ongoing commitment to support regional partners and further deepen Australia’s engagement in the Pacific.