Thursday, November 02, 2006

Notes from Atlantis 2

From URISA 2006
The URISA 2006 Caribbean GIS Conference is steadily en route to meeting/ exceeding expectation. A full summary will be posted soon, however it must be mentioned that the opening ceremony produced a pleasant surprise - from the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, Prime Minister of the Bahamas, who spoke with commanding knowledge of the importance of GIS to the success of the Bahamas as a country, and for the Caribbean region as well.

Speaking with only minor references to notes for facts and figures, the Prime Minister - a trained lawyer - eloquently "argued the case" for GIS and distinguished himself in an auditorium of GIS specialists and practitioners, and probably amongst his own peers in the region as well, with his confident and well-informed grasp of the technology and its application to planning and economic development. The historical record here, here and here should have hinted of this; nonetheless, a pleasant surprise Mr. Prime Minister.

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