FIG President CheeHai Teo visits the Institution of Surveyors of Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya, 13 April 2011

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Chairman Collins Kuwuor is on President CheeHaiTeo’s left and Deputy Chairman John Kihagi on the right together with ISK’s Council Members and senior members

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A segment of the audience, mostly undergraduates and young surveyors

In connection to the 23rd Governing Council of the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) in April 2011, FIG President CheeHai Teo was delighted at the opportunity to address and interact with members of the Institution of Surveyors of Kenya (ISK) as well as surveying undergraduates on the afternoon of Wednesday 13th April 2011 in Nairobi. The event was facilitated by the Department of Geospatial and Space Technology, School of Engineering, University of Nairobi and the audience comprised members of ISK and students from both the geospatial and land economy programs at the University.

Chairman of ISK, Mr Collins Kowuor together with his Deputy, Mr John Kihagi, FIG Commission 8 Chair, Mr. Wafula Nabutola as well as members of the ISK Council, senior members of ISK, and leading academicians from the University of Nairobi, the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and the Kenya Polytechnic University College warmly received President Teo. The event kicked off with briefings by ISK on the route to membership. President Teo, in his address, congratulated ISK for its groundbreaking work in engaging civil society, bringing the value and benefits of surveying to better the Kenyan society. ISK has been a key actor in the lead up to the new Kenyan Constitution with an all important land chapter that aimed to ensure secure tenure rights for all Kenyan citizens. The audience was encouraged to build on this good work, to continue to innovate, to be mindful of the profession’s responsibility in society, environment and economy so that the profession’s significance and relevance can be further enhanced within Kenyan.

Later in the evening, Chairman Kowuor and his fellow Council and senior members hosted President Teo to a dinner where interactions and discussions continued. ISK was challenged to be more active in FIG, especially in FIG’s events, in particular to share its experiences, challenges and opportunities within the new Kenyan Constitution.

18 April 2011