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Seminar on Nat’l Spatial Data Infrastructure held

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 10 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Seminar on Nat’l Spatial Data Infrastructure held
Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh ITO Naoki speaks at a seminar titled ‘National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI)’ at the Sonargaon Hotel in the capital on Saturday. —ISPR photo

A seminar titled ‘National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI)’ was held in the capital on Saturday.

Survey of Bangladesh (SOB) under the Ministry of Defense, and JICA Bangladesh jointly organised the event at the ball room of Sonargaon Hotel.

Dr Ahmad Kaikaus, principal secretary to the Prime Minister, attended the programme as the chief guest while Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh ITO Naoki was present as the special guest at the seminar.

Dr Md Abu Hena Mostofa Kamal, senior secretary of the Ministry of Defense, presided over the function.

In his speech, Dr Ahmad Kaikaus highlighted the importance of establishing NSDI as part of building a digital Bangladesh.

He said the Ministry of Defense, Survey of Bangladesh (SOB) and JICA are working relentlessly for the implementation of NSDI as per the directions of Prime Minister. However, successful implementation of NSDI is not possible without the cooperation of government and autonomous partner organisations.

He also sought the sincere cooperation of all the stakeholders in this regard.

Dr Md Abu Hena Mostofa Kamal said if NSDI is implemented, it will be possible to store the data of all geospatial data providers on the same platform and the data will be easily exchangeable.

As a result, the repetition of the same work in different government institutions will be eliminated, the government will save money, he added.

Japanese Ambassador ITO Naoki lauded the initiatives of the Ministry of Defense and the Survey of Bangladesh (SOB) in implementing NSDI in Bangladesh. At the same time, he assured the full cooperation of the Government of Japan in the successful implementation of NSDI.

Representatives of more than thirteen government and autonomous organisations and concerned ministries preparing geospatial data participated in the seminar and shared their views on NSDI and its draft policy.