[SDI-AsiaPacific] China’s Vice Premier calls for better use of geospatial data
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Sun May 29 09:44:22 EDT 2011
China’s Vice Premier calls for better use of geospatial data
27 May 2011: China’s State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping has just been
recently renamed as the State Bureau of Geographical Information, Surveying and
Mapping, a move which according to Vice Premier Li Keqiang is one of the
government’s efforts to support the development of the geographical information
sector for the development of the country.
According to an official statement, the Vice Premier said that China gives great
importance to the development of the geographical information sector because it
is vital to the development of new industries, digital cities, China’s marine
economy, and national security.
The Vice Premier also cited the remarkable contribution of surveying and mapping
work to the disaster relief and reconstruction efforts after a devastating
earthquake struck Wenchuan in 2008.
The output value of the country’s geographical information industry in the
previous year reached 100 billion yuan ($15.4 billion), with 400,000 people
working within the sector.
The development of China’s geographic information industry will be included in
the national 12th Five-year plan.
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