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“Towards improved governance and a better environment”

ITI 6th Arab GIS Conference – Arab Map 2005, Cairo Marriott Hotel, Egypt
With the aim to help sharing successful regional and international experiences in GIS and to help in consolidating regional and international cooperation between participating organizations Information Technology Institute, Egypt organized the ITI 6th Arab GIS Conference “Arab Map 2005” from 11 to 13 September 2005 at the Cairo Marriott Hotel. Organised under the auspices of H.E. Dr. Tarek Kamel, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Government of Egypt the conference had its theme as “Towards Improved Governance and a Better Environment”. This theme was reflected in various conference sessions.

The Conference included technical sessions, workshops, poster-show, training days and an accompanied exhibition, which gathered private companies, governmental organizations, scientific and training institutes and local authorities, working in the GIS at the local, national, regional or international levels.

CONFERENCE ACTIVITIES

Plenary Session
The plenary session included five scientific papers, where the first was presented by Dr. Bowdin King from ICLEI, Zimbabwe. It discussed the international experiments in the decentralization of the decision support in the local governments. The second paper was presented by Emeritus Prof. Gottfried Konecny from University of Hannover, which discussed the newest Remote Sensing and Satellite Imagery technologies in the process of digital maps production.

On the regional level, Lt. General Morayyea Al-Shahrani from the Military Surveying Authority, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia presented a paper entitled “The Changing Role of Mapping Agencies in the Framework of the New Information Society”. The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Egypt presented a paper through which it discussed its role and vision in the establishment in land information system in Egypt.

Technical Sessions
These sessions dealt with different concepts such as information sharing and distribution among the society, as well as, the role of the GIS and Remote Sensing technologies in the development of the decision support process on different administrative levels, starting with local government, passing through planning on the national level, up to coordination and cooperation on the regional level. Specialized experts from 15 different foreign countries presented their papers which covered most aspects of governmental development, and spatial decision support enhancements.

Workshops
During the conference, business workshops brought together organizations’ representatives to discuss their experience and achievements in pursuit of partnerships to address the needs of Arab countries in the following topics:

  • E-Learning and GIS
  • Local participatory Decision Making using GIS
  • Free GIS

Exhibition
Parallel to the conference, an exhibition was organized. Private companies, governmental organizations, scientific and training institutes and local authorities participated, which included: Information Technology Institute, Egyptian Survey Authority, Globe Telecom, Quality Standards, Global Geobits, Sokkia-Alex Surveying System, Cairo Engineering & Manufacturing Co., Kemet, Inotek Systems, Environmental and Remote Sensing Services Center, NARSS, GIS Development, CAPMAS.

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