Trade event to help GIS companies win projects in fast-growing Asian nations

WASHINGTON, DC (1 December 2000) à‚– Opportunities in Asia for American companies involved in geospatial technologies, geographic information systems (GIS) and related engineering services will be the focus of a U.S.-sponsored conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, February 12-14, 2001.

The Asia Geospatial Technology Conference will provide participating U.S. companies with details on government and infrastructure projects planned in the areas of utility management, transportation planning, emergency response, land management, environmental monitoring and natural resource development.

Organized by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (TDA), the conference will highlight opportunities in South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Nepal, the Philippines and Vietnam. Government officials and representatives of utility companies from the region will take part in the conference and present details on more than 25 large-scale projects requiring geospatial technology.

A series of prescheduled one-on-one meetings during the conference will enable U.S. company participants to meet privately with the project sponsors, and with companies from the region interested in partnering with U.S. firms.

A technology showcase will also allow interested U.S. firms to demonstrate products and services at the conference. Each U.S. participant will receive a comprehensive resource guide and CD-ROM outlining the projects presented, including critical economic information, export potential, time lines, equipment needs and key contacts. According to J. Joseph Grandmaison, TDA’s Director, “This conference will provide an unprecedented opportunity for U.S. companies to capture a major share of the leading GIS projects in Asia.”

The conference is open to U.S. companies involved in GIS products and services, AM/FM, civil engineering, photogrammetry, remote sensing, GPS, surveying, mapping, systems integration, project development and project finance. Also expected to participate are Foreign Commercial Service officers from U.S. Embassies in the region, and representatives of international lending institutions, including the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, the Export-Import Bank and the Asian Development Bank.

Trade and industry organizations supporting the conference include the American Consulting Engineers Council, the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, the Geospatial Information and Technology Association, the Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors, the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, and the American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce.

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps form mutually beneficial partnerships between U.S. private-sector companies and overseas sponsors. An agency of the U.S. government, TDA provides assistance in more than 60 nations around the world each year.

For additional information on the Asia Geospatial Technology Conference, visit the conference web site at www.trademeetings.com or contact Dan Lamey at telephone 305-667-4705 or fax 305-667-7840. Email address: tda@mfmgroup.com.

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