PM Modi to inaugurate United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress on October 11

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress (UNWGIC) on October 11 in Hyderabad, where India is set to showcase the progress it has made in the sector over the past few years .

The five-day conference will see the participation of more than 550 delegates from 115 countries to discuss issues related to the development and strengthening of integrated geospatial information management, its capabilities and capabilities.

“We will showcase the ‘Chaupal’ geospatial initiative which aims to connect village communities to geospatial services,” Union Science and Technology Minister Jitendra Singh told reporters.

Singh said India’s geospatial economy is expected to exceed Rs 63,100 crore by 2025 at a growth rate of 12.8%. He said geospatial technology has become one of the main enablers of socio-economic development by improving productivity, ensuring sustainable infrastructure planning, efficient administration and helping the agricultural sector.

The conference will start in Hyderabad on October 10 and run until October 14. The Prime Minister will officially inaugurate it on October 11.

Singh said initiatives such as Swamitva, to map revenue lands in villages and government measures to empower ordinary citizens using geospatial data will be a key part of India’s focus area when of the conference.

“We are not in an era where we can keep a veil of confidentiality over our data,” the minister said when asked about industry’s response to government initiatives in the geospatial sector.

“This science program has been diligently planned. We have plenary sessions that will deal with the Sustainable Development Goals. Parallel sessions dealing with strategy. We also have a unique geospatial Chaupal that no other country in the world can offer,” Singh said.

Science and Technology Secretary S Chandrashekar said the automotive sector has embraced the navigation services offered by domestic companies.

The second UNWGIC will focus on the theme “Geo-Enabling the Global Village: No one should be left behind”. The conference will reflect the importance of integrated geospatial information in supporting sustainable development and societal well-being, addressing environmental and climate challenges, embracing digital transformation and technology development, and catalyzing a vibrant economy, Chandrashekar said. .

He said the conference will demonstrate the importance of international cooperation and coordination to build a community of human data and geography, against the three pillars of sustainable development, for a shared future and a better world, leaving no one behind. side in an inclusive and equitable global society. .

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