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Technology vital for economic development – Prof. Suvit Vibulsreth

It is important to use technology for economic development but we should not get addicted to it, said Professor Suvit Wibulsreth Founder Executive Director of the Geo Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency of Thailand delivering the 4th Sir Arthur C Clarke memorial lecture at the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies on Monday.

He said that the Theo Sat owned by the Royal Thai Government has provided over 70,000 images comprising vital data during the past seven years. He said any Thai person doing a new project could obtain data from the Satellite at very low cost.

He said Theo Sat could be promoted in Sri Lanka too, the data can be given free or at very low cost. It is advisable to obtain data from operational satellites than spending large amounts of money investing on them.

Professor Suvit noted that some former developing countries such as China, Korea and India in 1970s moved up the ladder to become technology providers in building satellites, launching and system developments. Regional Cooperation among developing countries still need concrete and precise end product results in their endeavour. Thailand managed to have the first operational remote sensing Satellite, which can contribute to Natural Resources in Asia and other Regions. “It is cheap and we will not make money,” he further said.

Addressing the gathering the Chief Guest at the event Minister of Technology and Research Pavithra Wanniarachchi said that the path of development that the modern science and technology has taken in developing in to what it is today and in the process shaping the destiny of the human kind has sometimes being ‘evolutionary’ and sometimes ‘revolutionary’.

The evolutionary developments in theory and practice take place all the time. People around the world take little notice of those ‘evolutionary developments’.

In contrast the revolutionary developments brought about by revolutionary concepts, discoveries and inventions result in what is called ‘quantum leaps’ or ‘new paradigms’ and the people behind those revolutions are remembered over regenerations throughout the history. The legendary personality that we are gathered to commemorate this evening is a great visionary, a great futurist who, with his revolutionary concept of ‘Global telecommunication through Geo stationary Satellites’ opened up a ‘new paradigm’ of global communications.

Sir Arthur C. Clarke certainly occupies a very prominent place amongst those visionary people of the modern age, whose extra-ordinary visionary thinking has had a profound impact in changing the destiny of the modern human civilisation.

In her concluding remarks Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said that “when Sir Arthur C Clarke put forward his vision of ’Global communications through Geo Stationary Satellites in 1945 it was a distant dream for almost all people. When President Mahinda Rajapakse, put forward his vision of ‘ A Peaceful Country Free from Terrorism’, in 2005 it seemed an equally distant dream for many people.

The vision of building a peaceful prosperous nation is ‘Not as distant a dream as either of the above’. Let all of us perform with dedication our part in this noble mission”, said the minister.



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