20th Anniversary of the Albania Association of Geodesy (AAG)
and 1st General Conference
Tirana. Albania, 22 January 2011
Dipl. Ing. Bledi Stefa, President of AAG, and Prof. Chryssy A
Potsiou, FIG Vice President
The Albanian Association of Geodesy celebrated its 20th anniversary since
its establishment and organized a one-day Conference in Tirana on the 22nd
of January 2011. The conference was a historic event as it was at the same
time the 1st conference of AAG. During these past 20 years Albania and its
Association of Geodesy (AAG) have both walked in the path of progress. AAG
became a member association of FIG at the congress in Sydney.
More than 400 participants attended the conference, most of them
surveyors from Albania and the neighboring countries in the Balkan region.
The technical program included more than 30 presentations; all of them will
be published in the technical journal of AAG.
Organizer of this conference was Dipl. Ing. Bledi Stefa, President
of AAG, Welcome addresses were given by Mr. Pjerin Marku, Advisor of
the Prime Minister of Republic of Albania, Prof. Andrea Maliqari,
Dean of the Faculty of Construction Engineering, Dr. Stavri Ristani,
Professor, former Deputy Minister of Ministry of Public Works Transport and
Communications, other members of the Albanian Association of Geodesy and
international guests. FIG President, CheeHai Teo and the FIG Council
co-sponsored the event and the President’s greeting letter was read during
FIG Vice President, Prof Chryssy A Potsiou represented the Council
at the conference where she made a welcome address on behalf of FIG and gave
also an invited speech on “Land Reforms and the Importance of Security of
Tenure”. During the event, the AAG President kindly nominated Vice President
Potsiou as an honorable member of the AAG.
The European Group of Surveyors (EGoS) also supported this Conference.
President Nikos Zacharias (also General Secretary of Hellenic
Association of Rural and Surveying Engineers) made a welcome address.
International participants also included President of Kosovo Association of
Surveyors Mr. Abdurrahman Kuleta, Prof. Murat Meha, Chief of
the Kosovo Cadastral Agency, Prof. Perparim Ameti, Head of the
Department of Geodesy in the University of Prishtina, Prof Ismail Kabashi
from the University of Prishtina, Prof. Bashkim Idrizi
University of Tetova, and Mr. Daut Bejta from Montenegro.
The work plan of the Albanian Association of Geodesy includes among
others: all surveying topics, among them geodesy, photogrammetry and other
technical aspects, security of tenure and land administration, valuation and
compulsory purchase of land, and the creation of the relevant local
commissions; regular publishing of the AAG journal; establishment of a Young
Surveyors forum; cooperation with the public and private sectors, the
academia, the government, and other surveying associations from various
countries. The objectives of AAG can be briefly presented in three pillars:
- Protection of the professional interests of the Albanian surveyors
(technical, legal, economic)
- Capacity Building (Professional, Academic, Institutional)
- Professional Networking and development of International Activity
The Conference included a technical exhibition and dinner for the invited
guests offered by the sponsoring companies.
Mr. Pjerin Marku, Advisor of the Prime Minister of Republic of
Albania, Prof Bashkim Idrizi, Prof. Murat
Meha, Chief of the Kosovo Cadastral Agency, President of AAG Dipl.
Ing. Bledi Stefa, FIG Vice President Prof Chryssy A Potsiou, EGoS
Vice President Nikos Zacharias, and Alexandra Mahmutllari, Vice
President of AAG
Invited international and local guests
President of AAG giving his speech
The birthday cake of AAG
The Albanian Young Surveyors’ group
10 February 2011