President Stig Enemark visits India at the Map World Forum

Hyderabad, India, 10-12 February 2009

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The Map World Forum conference was held at the International Convention Centre in Hyderabad, India.

President Stig Enemark visited Hyderabad, India, 10-12 February 2009, during the Map World Forum Conference, being the key biannual regional event on Geo Spatial Information, organized by GIS Development, India.

The conference was headed by the President of GIS Development Dr. M. P. Narayanan and the inaugural address was given by the Hon´ble Vice President of India Mr. Shri M Hamid Ansari followed by a guest address by Hon´ble Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Science Mr. Kapil Sibal. Other Guest Addresses were given by Dr. Jane Goodall and Prof. C. K. Prahaled. Key note addresses in a total of four plenary sessions were given by high profile people from the government of India and a range of prominent people from the profession and businesses. A total of 3 Symposia, 6 Seminars, 4 Forums, and 8 Technical sessions concluded a very comprehensive program with about 250 presentations. The conference was attended by more than 1,000 participants.

The overall conference theme was entitled “Geospatial Technology for Sustainable Planet Earth”. The plenary sessions were focused on Geospatial Technologies and Development; Geospatial Technology – Development and Trends; Geospatial for the Public Sector; and Geospatial for Sustainable Infrastructure Development. The total program is available at 

President Stig Enemark was invited as keynote speaker for the seminar on Land Administration. The session was chaired by Mr. Vinod Agrawal, Commissioner Survey and Settlements, Andrhra Pradesh, India. Other presentations at the seminar included Prof. Gottfried Konecny (Germany), Maj Gen M. V. Bhat, Additional Director General Military Survey of India; and Maj Gen R. S. Tanwar, Additional Surveyor General, Survey of India. The seminar concluded by a panel discussion focusing on the Need for LIS for Indian Citizens. The seminar clearly proved how important this issue is to India.

During the conference President Enemark had the opportunity to discuss with key players in the surveying field in India, in order to invite the Institution of Surveyors, India to become a member of FIG and thereby join the international surveying community. The response to this was very positive and promising.

President Enemark also visited in Delhi to discuss with Mr. Sanjiv Nair, Joint Secretary at the Ministry of the Ministry of Science and Technology, about the Survey of India becoming an affiliate member of FIG.

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Maj Gen R. S. Tanwar Addition Surveyor General, Survey of India, and Stig Enemark, FIG President.

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Maj Gen M. V. Bhat, Additional Director General, Military Survey of India, and Stig Enemark, FIG President.

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