Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse FSSSI
I am looking forward to attending the South East Asia Survey Congress held in Darwin, 15–18 August, to join the decision makers, industry leaders and next generation survey and spatial professionals. The conference will host leaders from United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management, World Bank, International Association leaders, top surveying firms and our colleagues from ASEAN Federation of Land Surveying and Geomatics. The program has excellent speakers as well as a dedicated Young Professional’s day. It is one of the best international events of the year for our profession. Thanks to Rob Sarib (SSSI Board Member), Lee Helen (SSSI Board Member), Gerry Ong (ASEAN Flag, Singapore) and Peter Olah (SSSI CEO) for their contribution to develop a strong congress program. The social events will also recognise and celebrate leaders of our spatial and surveying profession. I am confident that the congress will provide a strong platform to network, exchange ideas, knowledge and skills including business opportunities with international delegates. I encourage our members to register for the event if they have not done so already to avoid disappointment later.
I have renewed my SSSI membership and please renew yours to provide continuity in our services to develop your professional development. The new financial year is a year of change in our activities and programs. The regional conferences are shaping up well. If you have a desire to share your experience, please submit your abstracts through respective SSSI State conference websites or contact your SSSI Regional Operation Manager. I also encourage you to nominate your peers for respective regional APSEA individual awards to recognise their valuable contribution to the profession.
I had a great opportunity to join the global leaders with my World Geospatial Industry Council hat at the fourth United Nations Expert Consultation and Meeting on the implementation guide of the Integrated Geospatial Information Framework held 18–21 June 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. From Australia, Dr Andrew Barnicoat, President UNGGIM-Asia Pacific & Chief, Positioning & Community Safety Division, Geoscience Australia and Dr Lesley Arnold (UNGGIM Resource person) and also our SSSI Chair WA, participated in the consultation. The IGIF Framework aims to assist countries to move towards e-economies, e-service and e-commerce to improve services to citizens, build capacity for using geospatial technology, enhance informed government decision making processes, facilitate private sector development, take practical actions to achieve a digital transformation, and to bridge the geospatial digital divide in the implementation of national strategic priorities and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
More information: http://ggim.un.org/meetings/GGIM-committee/8th-Session/documents/Part%201-IGIF-Overarching-Strategic-Framework-24July2018.pdf