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Malay govt acknowledges need of geospatial technology

Malaysia: Malaysian government acknowledges that there is a growing need to embark on geospatial technology-based programmes that would benefit the nation, according to Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman, Minister of Development, Malaysia. He was addressing opening ceremony of the seminar, Land Surveying Basis for Development.

He said that the department has long recognised the power of geospatial information as a tool to spatially-enable, empower and enrich its machinery, in order to provide Brunei with a competitive advantage in this digital age. He added that the government also acknowledges the importance of geospatial information as a key enabler of growth for the country.

“According to a recent research, over 80 per cent of day-to-day government business processes and decisions require, in some way or another, the knowledge of the ‘where’ dimension. The Survey Department at the Ministry of Development, has a lot of geospatial data to offer to stakeholders and the public”, the minister said.

The minister also lauded the theme for the seminar, “Geomatic Innovations for National Development” and he remarked that the seminar was timely and of much relevance.

“Innovations should not be looked as only developing ideas for new products and services, but also how it can contribute to cost effectiveness to the organisation,” said the minister.

He also said that global issues that are currently being faced in the world, such as climate change, critical food and fuel shortages, environmental degradation and natural disasters all require the services of better geospatial technology.

“We, in Brunei are fortunate that the Survey Department is coming up with (the solutions) to these challenges,” he said.

The minister added that His Majesty’s Government is giving encouragement and support for the geomatics industry to prosper, and that there are many untapped prospects the industry can utilise with an innovative outlook.

Source: The Brunei Times