President CheeHai TEO interacts with the Ethiopian
Professional Surveyors Association
10 August, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Mr. Zelalem Asemu, Vice President of the Ethiopian Professional
President CheeHai Teo met the Vice President of the FIG Member
Association from Ethiopia, Mr. Zelalem Asemu on the afternoon of 10
August 2011 when he was in Addis Ababa attending the UN-ECA GGIM Africa
Preparatory Meeting. In the meeting, President Teo and Vice President Asemu
discussed extensively on current state of the profession in Ethiopia.
The Association is a young professional organization that was admitted
into FIG at the recent Working Week in Marrakech. Mr. Zelalem reiterated the
need for support not just from FIG but also from neighboring FIG Member
Associations to further develop the profession in Ethiopia, to raise the
profile of the profession in the country, to promote the contribution of the
profession in national development. One of the Association’s key challenges
is to promote the significant role of the profession in national development
to decision and policy makers. Vice President Asemu also wishes to see the
Association and the Profession strengthened and promoted through the
development of appropriate standards of practise.
Throughout the discussion it was recognized that the Association in
Ethiopia is working with very limited resources and would have to rely
heavily on the goodwill and volunteerism amongst its membership. Vice
President Asemu expressed the hope that FIG will be able to hold some of its
activities such as workshops or symposiums in Ethiopia to assist the
Association and the Profession particularly in its professional development.
Mr. Zelalem and his fellow members were encouraged to tap into the
knowledge and resources that is available within FIG, in particular the
web-site, to establish comradeship within the association, to work together
and develop appropriate programs and activities that would be beneficial
towards the development of the profession in Ethiopia.
President Teo was also able to exchange greetings with Dr. Tilahun
Erduno, President of the Ethiopian Professional Surveyors Association
over the telephone as he is based in another part of Ethiopia.
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