Esri enters into MOU with UAE Statistics Authority to enhance geospatial capabilities

Esri enters into MOU with UAE Statistics Authority to enhance geospatial capabilities

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US: Esri has announced that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority (FCSA), the national statistics body for the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Under the agreement, FCSA and Esri will work together to geoenable its vital work.

This agreement seeks to
strengthen the future cooperation between FCSA and Esri. The resultant
collaboration between the two will include the creation of an innovative road map
to further enhance the geospatial capabilities of FCSA, further integrate
location intelligence technology with statistics data, and provide subject and
technical expertise to the UAE.

“FCSA
has a fantastic leadership and vision—to deliver its services via cutting-edge
technologies and approach statistics in a new way,” said Sohail El-Abd, Esri
Global Business Development general manager, Middle East and Africa. “FCSA has already shown its commitment to the
United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the launch of
its national portal, and this agreement will build on that and broaden support
of all FCSA’s functions.”

FCSA’s commitment to further the
integration of geospatial and statistical data is in line with and guided by
the Global Statistical Geospatial Framework, as agreed by UN Global Geospatial
Information Management Expert Group on the Integration of Geospatial and
Statistical information (GGIM EG-IGSI), as well as the United Nations
Statistics Division project on the Federated Information System for the SDGs
(FISSDG). The FISSDG goal is to enable a system-of-systems approach to
collect, manage, and communicate policy-relevant, actionable SDG data and
information at the global, national, and subnational levels in an integrated,
standardized, and consistent manner.

“This
agreement with Esri will allow FCSA to maximize the benefits of utilizing
geospatial information in our important work,” said Mohammad Hassan, FCSA
Executive Director, The National Statistics and Data Sector. “Our innovation to
date and planned road map for the future will help us deliver our vision with
the help of technology and new ways of thinking. It will anchor and sustain the
valuable effort in place to ensure its success and viability.”

The MOU between Esri and FCSA was signed
on the opening day of the United Nations World Data Forum, hosted by FCSA in
Dubai. The event focuses on global efforts in supporting and reaching the
Sustainable Development Goals. FCSA also used the event to announce the release
of the FCSA SDG Open Data Hub. Esri is supporting the World Data Forum with
demonstrations on the integration of geospatial and statistical data and its
benefits, along with presentations from other member states that have stood up
SDG hubs.