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Hi-Tech Help for Ukraine
May 14, 2008   
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Jacek Studencki, president of Techmex S.A., talks with Beata Gołębiewska.

Ukraine wants to join the European Union. How can Polish business assist in these plans?
The pace of macroeconomic changes in Europe is very fast due to the enlargement of the European Union. Even though Ukraine is not a member of the EU, it is striving to implement European standards in administration in order to gain the trust of Brussels and foreign investors. Companies working in the field of innovative technology can support Ukrainian partners with their know-how and experience. One of the elements in our company's marketing strategy is the export of geoinformatic services based on satellite technology.

Does Techmex intend to provide its services on Eastern European markets?
We have been interested Eastern European countries for quite some time. The changes and economic development there have brought to our attention that they are becoming an attractive market for our products. Countries such as Ukraine, which are trying to catch up with the West and are aspiring to join the EU, are open to new technologies. They know that innovative solutions will help in narrowing the gap separating them from Western countries and that they will stimulate their development. They are trying to develop economic cooperation with foreign partners, counting on the transfer of modern technologies. So here is a place for us, because we are leaders on the satellite market in Poland.

During the 16th Economic Forum in the Polish city of Krynica, Techmex said it was working with Ukraine to build a national database of information obtained from satellite photographs. What do these joint efforts involve?
Ukraine still does not have an efficient land and buildings inventory system, equivalent to our cadaster. We have the technology which enables such a system to be implemented based on up-to-date and detailed satellite images. In December 2005, after merely five months of work, we completed an inventory of the southern coast of Crimea, which was part of a cadaster pilot project complying with European and NATO standards. That was the first step in introducing modern technologies which are designed to bring Ukraine closer to the EU and NATO. Now we have progressed much further. Poland's deputy prime minister Waldemar Pawlak and Ukraine's deputy prime minister Hryhorij Nemyria met during a session of the Polish-Ukrainian International Commission for Economic Cooperation organized in Warsaw in March. One of the issues raised at the session was cooperation in the area of building geospatial IT infrastructure in Ukraine and in the area of using space technology. Ukrainian authorities want to take advantage of Polish support, experience and technology in reforming the cadaster system and geodetic and cartographic resources, and also to gain information about acquiring and using high resolution satellite images.

How will a modern cadaster system benefit Ukraine?
A land and buildings inventory system based on up-to-date images gives the authorities an opportunity to raise enormous funds from real estate taxes. It will also bring in foreign investment capital and will free up finances associated with the development of the real estate mortgages market. There is no doubt that a cadaster will contribute to Ukraine's economic growth. The introduction of solutions based on satellite technology and teledetection opens many other opportunities for Ukraine, such as creating the Land Parcel Identification System (LPIS), which all EU member countries must have. Up-to-date satellite images can also help the planning and coordination of investment associated with preparations for the Euro 2012 soccer championships. Innovative technologies will enable Ukraine to catch up to Europe.

What benefits does Techmex expect?
Geospatial data obtained from satellite photographs is an effective information source because of its size. In this industry the number of square kilometers is important. Ukraine is twice the size of Poland. It is 600,000 sq km in area, so it is very attractive to us. The Satellite Center located in Poland can obtain satellite images of the whole of Ukraine, and our company's production teams are able to prepare vector maps in a short time. We have the necessary knowledge, technical back-up and experience gained from conducting international projects. It is really an important business - worth millions of euros, although not requiring huge investment outlays from us. Techmex has been preparing for such projects for several years, building advanced technological systems and a team of qualified geoinformation specialists. We aim to achieve a strong position on the European market for GIS services.
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