Malaysia: Central Informatics Organization (CIO) -GIS Directorate, Kingdom of Bahrain received an award, Public Sector Organization of the Year – Middle East, for the successful and effective implementation of Bahrain Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) website.
The award recognises administrative excellence of a government, education or healthcare organisation in the countries of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, as well as Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon.
CIO – GIS Directorate, in compliance to a Government Decree and directives of National GIS Steering Committee (NGISSC) officially implemented National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) at the national level, for the Kingdom of Bahrain, in February 2005. Bahrain SDI website is a manifestation of NSDI to serve and geospatially enable government organisations, private sectors and academic institutions of the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Bahrain SDI operates on a GIS database containing important information such as street centrelines, addresses, electricity & water transmission and distribution, telecommunications infrastructure, gas & oil pipelines, sewerage & drainage and others. Currently, more than twenty government and private authorities are benefiting from the Bahrain BSDI website.