FIG President Professor Dr.-Ing. Holger Magel
at 8th SEASC 2005 in Brunei
Closing Remark at Closing Ceremony on 25 November 2005
Honourable Permanent Secretary, Dear President Matusin Matasan,
Ladies and Gentlemen
It is already like a tradition that the FIG President attends the SEASC.
Two years ago I was unfortunately not able to come to the 8th SEAS-Conference in Hong
Kong, China due to a long standing invitation to the 75th Anniversary of our Jamaican
member association; but I asked my Deputy President, Vice President Andreas Drees, to
represent me and FIG at the 8th SEAS Conference. This year I was more successful having
managed to come with my wife to the 8th SEASC in Brunei.
I am happy having been here and to be here, especially today amidst such wonderfully
dressed Bruneian colleagues, because of three reasons:
1. I have got a convincing impression of a very vital South East Asian Surveyors
Community, the ASEAN FLAG, which has a high profile and has professional skills to
organize such interesting and – regarding the speakers, participants and exhibitors – such
attractive conferences. I am happy that SEA-surveyors do believe in FIG as their mother
and umbrella and that FIG is welcomed as co-sponsor. I am very sure that this close
partnership will happen in future, too.
2. The second reason for being very satisfied is that I had the opportunity to visit one of our
youngest member associations, BIG, and also our affiliate member, Bruneian Survey
Department on site. That is part of my policy to visit both our oldest, like I did it with my
visit to CNG in Italy in October, and our youngest member like I did it in March with our
Algerian member, or now with Brunei. The visit is in the mutual interest and provides
mutual information and incentives. With pleasure I can state that this goal was fully
reached in Brunei – more than ever I am convinced and will report this to the Council and
the General Assembly that FIG has become enriched by our Bruneian members.