FIG General Assembly 2011
FIG Work Plans and Budget Adopted
Marrakech, Morocco, 18 and 22 May 2011
FIG Council members at the first session of the General Assembly in
FIG General Assembly 2011 was held during the Working Week in Marrakech,
Morocco. 50 member associations with almost 300 participants attended the
first session. The second session was attended by 48 member associations and
about 250 participants representing all member categories as well as
observers. At this General Assembly, FIG appointed immediate past President
Prof. Stig Enemark as an Honorary President.
The main item on this year’s agenda was the adoption of the Council and
Commission work plans for 2011-2014. These were adopted and the Commission
work plans were further developed during the week during the Commissions’
annual and other meetings. As part of the Council work plan, for the first
time a four-year budget was adopted for 2011-2014. This four-year budgetary
framework included the proposal to maintain membership fees at the 2012
level, approved at the 2010 General Assembly, for 2013 and 2014.
FIG has now four task forces. The Africa Task Force (2009–2014) and Task
Force on Spatially Enabled Society (2009–2012) will continue their work. The
new task forces on Surveyor and the Climate Chance (chaired by John
Hannah, New Zealand) and Property and Housing (chaired by Chryssy
Potsiou) had their first meeting in Marrakech.
This General Assembly admitted five new member associations: Ethiopia
(Ethiopian Surveying Professionals Association - ESPA), Senegal (Ordre
National des Geomètrés Experts du Senegal – ONGES), Nigeria (Nigerian
Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers – NIESV), Mali (Ordre des
Geométrès Experts du Mali – OGE) and Liberia (Cadastral Surveyors
Association of Liberia). At the same time member associations from Armenia,
Brazil (FENEA), Burkina Faso and Tanzania were expelled. The total number of
member associations after this General Assembly is now 102.
In addition, four new affiliate members were admitted: China Land
Surveying and Planning Institute, Survey Department from Sri Lanka, Cyprus
Lands and Surveys Department and Unidad Administrativa Especial de Catastro
Distrital – UAECD from Colombia. The number of affiliate members is now 40.
There were also four new corporate members, FARO, Hi-Target Survey
Instruments Company Ltd, Global Survey Qatar, and Concord Surveying Company
from Qatar. Seven new academic members were also admitted from Turkey
(Zonguldak Karaelmas University), Kazakhstan (East Kazakhstan State
Technical University named after D. Serikbayev), Norway (Bergen University
College), Kosovo (University of Prishtina), Cyprus (Neapolis University
Paphos), Saudi Arabia (TECRS – The Environmental Center for Remote Sensing)
and Morocco (IAV – Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II).
The selection for the venue of FIG Working Week 2015 was postponed to
Rome next year as there was no proper bid submitted by the deadline for
General Assembly to consider. The General Assembly next year will also
select the venue for the Working Week 2016.
General Assembly had a good breakout session and subsequently a robust
discussion during the second session on membership issue relating to voting
rights. The General Assembly by consensus established a working group from
amongst those present to consider the issue and bring a discussion paper to
the next General Assembly in Rome. The working group comprises member
associations from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, China
(HKIS), Ireland (IIS), Italy, Kenya, Lebanon, Netherlands, New Zealand,
South Africa and USA (AI). The 13-member group will select a chair from
amongst themselves to progress its work.
President CheeHai Teo, in addressing the General Assembly,
expressed optimism that together, we can to be a Profession, armed with
knowledge and best practices, extending the usefulness of surveying for the
benefit of society, environment and economy, increasingly positioned in
significance and relevance, next door to everywhere.
- Minutes of the General Assembly - available by 31 May 2011
- Report of the Working Week and Picture Gallery - available by 31 May
Impressions from the General Assembly... look for more pictures in
the picture gallery.
26 May 2011