PM opens World Conference on Geographic Information

February 05, 2013 - 3:20:52 am

The Prime Minister and Foreign Minister H E Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabor Al Thani is briefed by an official at the Second World Conference of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Doha, yesterday. Earlier, the Prime Minister opened the three-day event at the Qatar National Convention Centre. (Ibrahim R O)

Doha: The Prime Minister and Foreign Minister H E Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabor Al Thani inaugurated the conference the second High Level Forum on Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM) at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC), yesterday.

In his opening speech the prime minister said: “The developed countries should not lose sight of the conditions of developing countries that need support and assistance from us.  According to the priorities of these countries, we should provide data and geographic information that may be of use to them.” 

He said that the importance of this conference comes during a period when some regions and countries in the world are experiencing a number of social, economic, environmental and political challenges and other difficulties that are adversely affecting their growth and development as well as that of their neighbors. 

“This makes it imperative for us to join efforts in order to combat these challenges”, said the premier. The prime minister said Qatar is proud to host this important international conference and expressed hope that the participants would reach positive outcomes. 

Qatar Statistics Authority is holding the three-day event, which ends tomorrow, in collaboration with the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning and the United Nations Statistics Division.

Speaking at th conference, the Minister of Municipality and Urban Planning H E Sheikh Abdul Rahman bin Khalifa bin Abdul Aziz Al Thani said:

“One of the challenges that lie ahead of Qatar’s comprehensive urban plan is the high level of cooperation and efficient exchange of information that is required between the ministries.

“The project, which will direct urban growth in the country over the next 20 years, could help Qatar manage population growth as well as achieve economic growth. 

“Qatar’s project on unified building codes, which links the building’s number with their geographic location, is one of the important projects carried out by the ministry. It will help Qatar to obtain important infra-structure information,” the Minister said.

The participants in the second GGIM seek to find appropriate mechanisms to build the geographical information database that covers statistical and geographical information and matches the international standards to serve as a reference for managing emergency situations.

The Conference addresses, as well as, the future trends in the field of geo-spatial information and its relationship to sustainable development in addition to coordination and exchange of experiences among the participating countries in this field.The Peninsula