Brunei to capitalise on geospatial technology: Minister
AS A member of United Nations Global Geospatial Information Manage-ment (UNGGIM), International Federation of Land Surveying (FIG) and Asean Federation of Land Surveying and Geomatics (AFLAG), Brunei Darussalam through the Survey Department, Ministry of Development will continuously support the initiatives to sustain and enhance national, regional and global socio-economic development by capitalising on geospatial technology.
Brunei Darussalam’s continuous commitment in working with inter-national organisations on Land Surveying and Geomatics was lauded by Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Bahrin bin Abdullah, Minister of Development in his keynote address as the guest of honour at the opening ceremony of the 14th Southeast Asia Survey Congress 2017 yesterday.
It was hosted by the Survey Department in collaboration with Brunei Institution of Geomatics (BIG) and AFLAG.
On the local front, the minister said the Ministry of Development through the Survey Department had also launched its own Survey Geoportal where members of the public can have online access on the geospatial information of Brunei Darussalam.
“The use of geospatial data and technology enables a lot of government programmes, services and economic activities to run more efficiently. The technology enables the integration of disparate information from many sources to support decision-making across broad sectors of the country,” he added.
Last year, the minister said the Ministry of Development through the Land Department also launched the Land Application and Registration Information System (LARIS).
The system enables applicants to apply for government approvals of any land transaction online. The plan is to further integrate LARIS with other systems of government departments and agencies in the future so as to expedite the approval process as part of the country’s Ease of Doing Business efforts, he said.