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Exclusive interview with Judah arap Bett, Managing Director of ESRI Eastern Africa

1.    Can we start with some background on and history of ESRI Eastern Africa, and particularly in Kenya, and your role at the organization?
Esri Eastern Africa started operations in April 2007 to provide working and innovative GIS solutions to its customers and to promote geospatial technology as a solution for increased profitability and competitiveness; we cover the Eastern Africa territory, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti. As a professional geospatial solutions company, we inspire, educate and enable customers with working GIS solutions in partnership with world leading geo-technologies companies; Esri Inc.,Trimble, Harris Corporation and Airbus.

My name is Judah arap Bett and I am the Managing Director/CEO. My role here, among others is to ensure that the company achieves its strategic goals /objectives and I oversee all operations and business activities to ensure they produce the desired results. Under my leadership and guidance with the support of management and the board, we will strive to serve our stakeholders; that is the customers and the shareholders.

2.    What projects in the mining industry that you are involved in are you particularly excited about at the moment?
Our technology has been applied to revolutionize the mining cadastre at the ministry of mining Kenya. This project involves the interactive mineral rights mapping and management using ArcGIS online embedded in flexicadastre.  This has essentially brought all the stakeholders in one forum including; prospectors, miners, ministry official and the portal users making information available to its citizenry which is a constitutional right on access of information.

3.    What do you see as the main challenges in the industry?
–    Safety – mines operation (opening and closure).
–    Governance – facility management and policies.
–    Embracing technology – monitoring of stock piles of the raw materials and 3D visualization; visualization of geochemical & hydrological data; assessment of environmental and social impacts.

4.    What role can/should the government play in the sector in your view?
Regulation of best practices in the sector aimed at increasing efficiency and minimize cost in mine and environmental management attributed from the sector.

5.    What is your vision for the industry?
A sector bound by best management practices in mining that is not only sustainable but embraces modern technology, code of practice and legitimate.

6.    Why did ESRI decide to join Kenya Mining Forum as a sponsor?
The Kenya Mining Forum brings together the industry’s top decision makers, experts and specialists from Kenya and the region; where else would you find professionals gathered together? At Esri, we believe this is the place to be and share and learn more trends in the industry.

7.    What will be your message at the event?
Our message at Kenya Mining Forum is to share knowledge on the latest innovations of using GIS in mining and specifically ArcGIS, and remote sensing. The business of mineral exploration and extraction is inherently spatial. Since most mines cover large expanses of land, managers require access to volumes of location-based information to guide the operation. For this reason, the tasks of mine management are perfectly suited for ESRI® geographic information system (GIS) technology. GIS is a versatile tool for gathering, storing, and accessing geographic information quickly and easily.

8.    What are you most looking forward to at the event?
The Kenya Mining Forum will provide us a platform for discussion and networking and to make new contacts.

9.    Anything you would like to add?
I look forward to increased use of technology (ies) that will enhance productivity and cut costs. In many industries all over the world, companies continue to explore ways of automation and speeding process with a common objective of increase efficiency and cutting cost.