23rd FIG General Assembly, Prague
APPENDIX TO ITEM 31.3
Report for the 23rd General Assembly
FIG Working Week in Prague, 22-26 May 2000
Task Force on Mutual Recognition of Qualifications
The Task Force has been working to develop the best possible approach to deal with the rather ambitious goals as stated in the terms of reference. The co-operation with WTO is confirmed and is working well, and the more complex work to develop models for assessment of professional competence is ongoing. Dr. Francis Plimmer, UK, is now acting as a secretary for the task force, and we have produced a few papers aiming to enhance the general knowledge, commitment and understanding in the whole area of mutual recognition. The profile of the task force is coming together, and we are looking forward to discuss the key issues during the sessions at the General Assembly in Prague. The task force has now got its own home page at the FIG web site, where the profile and the key material can be found.
Terms of Reference
Recognising the international market pressures and the regulations towards liberation of trade driven by the WTO, FIG should review the area of mutual recognition of qualifications within the world-wide surveying community and develop a framework for introduction of standards of global professional competence in this area. In pursuing this aim the task force will:
The task force will develop a framework for reviewing the benefits and barriers against introducing standards for global professional competence. This should be seen as only a first step in this direction, to reflect FIG´s aim to drive these developments instead of being driven by them.
The output of the Task Force should be a report on global professional competence to be adopted by the General Assembly in Washington 2002. The report will be published in the FIG publication series for the benefit of member associations and in support of the on-going interaction between FIG and other NGOs such as the WTO and UNESCO.
Members of the task force
There is an attraction in developing and extending the principle of mutual recognition of professional qualifications. Mutual recognition allows each country to retain its own kind of professional education and training because it is based, not on the process of achieving professional qualifications, but on the nature and quality of the outcome of that process. In turn, this should lead to an enhancement of the global professional competence of the surveying profession. And the national professional institutions should play a key role in facilitating this process.
Globalisation of services is not a threat. It should be seen as an opportunity and as a demand for FIG to develop new means and tools to meet the challenges of the future.
Prof. Stig Enemark
13 March 2000