Geospa­tial fo­rum to help with tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tion

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By ZOU SHUO zoushuo@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The first United Na­tions World Geospa­tial In­for­ma­tion Congress will be held in De­qing, Zhe­jiang prov­ince, from Nov 19 to 21, the Min­istry of Nat­u­ral Re­sources said on Wednes­day.

Kurexi Mai­h­e­suti, vice-min­is­ter of nat­u­ral re­sources, said the congress — co-hosted by the UN, the min­istry and the Zhe­jiang pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment — will be the largest and high­est-level geospa­tial congress to date.

Themed “To­ward a More Sus­tain­able World for All”, the congress will have an of­fi­cial open­ing and clos­ing cer­e­mony, a min­is­te­rial di­a­logue and four ple­nary ses­sions, he said at a news con­fer­ence at the State Coun­cil In­for­ma­tion Of­fice.

Of­fi­cials and ex­perts in geospa­tial in­for­ma­tion in more than 30 coun­tries and re­gions are ex­pected to at­tend.

“The geospa­tial in­dus­try is closely re­lated to peo­ple’s daily lives, from us­ing map apps in mo­bile phones to of­fer­ing tech­ni­cal sup­port for ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture projects, such as the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Ma­cao Bridge,” he said.

The congress aims to es­tab­lish close ties in the geospa­tial in­for­ma­tion com­mu­nity, pro­vide a di­a­logue plat­form for dis­cussing, shar­ing and ex­chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ences and best prac­tices; pro­mot­ing the in­no­va­tion and trans­fer of geospa­tial tech­nol­ogy; and en­sur­ing that geospa­tial in­for­ma­tion serves all mankind to the great­est ex­tent pos­si­ble, he said.

The min­istry will seize the op­por­tu­nity pre­sented by the congress to strengthen col­lab­o­ra­tion with nat­u­ral re­sources ad­min­is­tra­tions in other coun­tries, es­pe­cially coun­tries and re­gions in­volved in the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, he said.

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