Abu Dhabi: Esri and Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre (ADSIC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the 2012 Esri Middle East and Africa User Conference (MEAUC) to harness GIS capabilities for enabling society.
Under the terms of the agreement, both parties will work together on the advancement of spatial thinking, GIS planning and monitoring, GIS licensing and support and outreach and sharing of best practices. This is the first time that Esri has signed an agreement with an entire government.
ADSIC, the government entity overseeing the implementation of the Abu Dhabi Spatial Data Infrastructure as well as all aspects of Abu Dhabi”s GIS and IT investments, says that the MoU ushers in a new age of technology-powered growth for the emirate.
“All over the world we can observe how GIS and other geospatial tools have become an integral part of municipal planning, resource management and other vital government activities. The Abu Dhabi Government”s partnership with Esri represents a major step in modernising government services in keeping with global trends and the region-wide focus on creating genuinely digital societies.
Esri”s MEA User Conference is an important platform for affirming Abu Dhabi”s commitment to spatially-enabled development and for encouraging other governments across the region to follow suit,” said Rashed Lahej Al Mansoori, Director General of ADSIC.