FIG President Stig Enemark visits India
at the Map World Forum Hyderabad, 22-25 January 2007

Hyderabad, 22-25 January 2007

Showing an old teodolite at the exhibition                     President Enemark and Dr. M. P. Narayanan, President
stand for the Survey of India                                        of GIS Development

President Enemark and Prof. Ian Dowman                    The famous Charminar four tower building
President of ISPRS

                                  Hyderabad city environment

President Stig Enemark visited Hyderabad, India, 22-25 January, during the Map World Forum Conference, being the key 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 Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Science Mr. Kapil Sibal. Key note addresses in a total of five plenary sessions were given by high profile people from the government of India and a range of prominent people from the profession and businesses including Mr. Jack Dangermond, President of ESRI; Prof. Martin Molenaar, Rector of ITC the Netherlands; and Prof. Bas Kok, President Elect, GSDI. A total of 11 seminar session, 3 seminars, and 14 technical sessions concluded a very comprehensive program with about 200 presentations. The conference was attended by more 1,000 participants.

The plenary sessions were focused on Geographic Information as Public Utility; Geospatial Technology: Return of Investment; Technological Trends; Capacity Building; and Geospatial Information: Emerging Business Models. The total program is available at .

President Stig Enemark presented a keynote paper on “Building the Capacity: Promoting Institutional and Organizational Development in Surveying and Land Administration”. President Enemark also chaired the Seminar and the following panel discussion on Surveying and Mapping, with presentations from Dr. Prithvish Nag, Director of NATMO, India and previous Surveyor General of India; Dr. B Nagarajan, Director of Geodetic&Research Branch, Survey of India; Mr. Mohd Al Rajhi, Director General of MOMRA, Saudi Arabia; and Mr. Dato Abdul Kadir Bin Taib, Deputy Director General of JUPEM, Malaysia.

During the conference President Enemark had the opportunity to discuss with key player in the surveying field in India, including Maj. Gen. M. Gopal Rao, Surveyor General of India, in order to invite India to become a member of FIG and thereby join the international surveying community. The response to this was very positive and promising.

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