Commission Chair 1999-2002
Commission 9 has a title of “Valuation and the
Management of Real Estate”. These disciplines are quite
distinctive from those in the other FIG commissions directly
concerned with land surveying and measurement.
Mr. G Michael Yovino-Young
However, Commission 9 shares mutual interests with Commissions 1 –
Professional Standards, Commission 2 – Professional Education, and
Commission 7 – Cadastre and Land Management. The emergence of a series of
joint working groups and collaborations amongst these commissions has been a
new direction in recent years.
The Mission Statement for Commission 9, developed in 1998, had a strong
focus on identifying valuers and appraisers both within the FIG family of
members and in the emerging infrastructures of developing free market
economies. The secondary but by no means less important objective was to
increase FIG member participation while liaisons with other appraisal and
valuation organizations was viewed as a potential source of new memberships
in FIG. Some success has been achieved during these past three years.
Currently valuation organizations from the Czech Republic, USA, Lithuania,
Armenia and Israel are members of the FIG family.
On a more practical level, Commission 9 has had an increasing interest in
and concern for the impacts on property rights and values created by adverse
environmental conditions that exist in may industrialized and rural parts of
During the tenure of the current leadership in Commission 9, new
opportunities have come forth for additional areas of interest. These
include the enhanced focus on the Pacific Rim with greater emphasis on the
emerging opportunities for a growing valuation profession in China.
Commission 9 has also been fortunate in obtaining grants from
professional businesses in Australia and elsewhere, creating a small fund
for subsidizing papers and speakers from emerging countries that address the
many special problems faced in the process of creating a professional
valuation profession and market service where none has existed before.
Progress being made
In 1998, it is estimated that fewer than 10% of the member organizations
in FIG included a valuer/appraiser membership component. This meant that of
the then 64 member organizations in FIG, perhaps only six or seven
organizations included valuers in their membership. Of course, some of these
organizations provide more than one participant in the Commission’s
In 2002, it is estimated that 16% of the FIG member organizations have
valuers in their ranks, a modest but appreciated increase in the role of
Commission 9 in the workings of FIG. The hard core of FIG members who
actively participate in Commission 9 are fewer than ten individuals,
although a larger number of organizations “designate” a member for
Commission 9 without any followup attendance or involvement in the
Each successive year, the Commission 9 Annual Meeting has witnessed
acceptable but cyclical attendance and participation from increasing numbers
of member countries, affiliate members and academic members. The record is
consistent: From the Congress year 1998 in Brighton, England with 24
attendees at the annual meeting; the following year in Singapore had 12
attendees. Attendance at the 2000 Prague meeting increased to eighteen, with
another decline the following year in Seoul with fifteen. It is anticipated
that for the Congress in Washington, D.C., attendance will again rise as it
did in Brighton.