Ethiopia, November 10, 2014: According to a new draft law submitted to the executive branch, the government is considering re-establish the Ethiopian Mapping Agency (EMA). Once the restructure is in place, the agency would be directly reporting to the Office of the Prime Minister.
According to reports, the expanding duty of the agency has prompted the amendment. Currently, it is accountable to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED).
The agency was originally established in 1954 as the geography and mapping institute of Ethiopia. Since then, it has passed through various organisational setups until its establishment as an autonomous agency of the government of Ethiopia. The agency is responsible for the compilation, preparation, publication, administration and distribution of fundamental geo-information data and reporting it to MoFED.
Conducting geodesy (an accurate measuring and understanding fundamental properties of the earth), aerial photography, satellite imagery, topographic maps, thematic maps and hydrograph are some of its responsibilities. The data collected by the agency is used by several governmental and non-governmental institutions including Central Statistical Agency, the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia, the Ministry of Mining, and the Ethiopian Roads Authority.
"Thus, it is mandatory to make the agency more autonomous and report directly to the PM office," he said. Furthermore, the draft bill, prepared by EMA, intends to amend a few articles from the existing proclamation so as to avoid conflicts from the Information Network Security Agency (INSA), the source added.
Source: The Reporter Ethiopia