Kota Kinabalu: As the fallouts of the global slowdown continues to play across the world, the Malaysian economy, which has shown great resilience even in the most difficult times must now move towards technology adoption and enhancing capabilities to continue on the growth path. This was the message from Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Hajiji Haji Mohd Noor, Minister of Local Government and Housing, Sabah. Speaking at the Malaysia Geospatial Forum, which is being organised here in Sabah, the minister said these are exciting times for the geoinformatics and surveying community in view of the big development projects that are being carried out across the country. He appealed to the geospatial industry to come forward to familiarise the governments and businesses with new technology while at the same time accepted that there was a greater need for geospatial data to be made open and available to the public in general.
The two-day Malaysia Geospatial Forum is being co-organised with the Sabah International Surveyors’ Congress 2014 in Malaysia’s second biggest province Sabah with the theme: Fostering Domestic Capacity for Economic Growth.
In a written address, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima also said the unique two-in-one conference provides a platform for geo-informatics and surveying professionals to run an in-depth analysis of the progress achieved by both professions in supporting national development initiatives, and to communicate opportunities that technologies in this field offer. He added that the conference is expected to promote geospatial as a technology for a broader market segment providing quick and easy access to large volumes of data for comprehensive business management.
Earlier, in his welcome address, Tuan Haji Safar Bin Untong of the Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia, the organisers of the Sabah International Congress 2014 Organising Committee, said the coming together of the two importance conferences on a single platform was significant. He added that the conference will also mull on crucial issues like Big Data management and security issues regarding Cloud.
Source: Our Correspondent