Part 1 : Overarching Strategic Framework sets the context of 'why' geospatial information management needs to be strengthened and why it is a critical element of national social, economic and environmental development. It focusses on the role of geospatial information in the digital age and how that information is integral to government functions at all levels. The Overarching Strategic Framework communicates this via vision and mission statements, seven (7) underpinning principles, eight (8) goals and nine (9) strategic pathways, all of which are aligned to strategic national to global drivers. The roadmap for implementing the Framework occurs primarily through the nine strategic pathways. These lead to an approach that considers national circumstances, priorities and perspectives as a means for governments to establish more effective geospatial information management arrangements.