Session identifies initiatives in Middle East and North Africa

Session identifies initiatives in Middle East and North Africa


Hyderabad, India: The session on National Mapping Initiatives in Middle East and North Africa, as a part of pre-conference programme of Geospatial World Forum 2011, hosted by GIS Development, was chaired by Mark Reichardt, President & CEO, Open Geospatial Consortium. Nahla Seddik Mohamed Saleh, Director – GIS Department, Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS), Egypt highlighted the role of GIS department in Egypt’s national mapping. GIS has been used in census, population atlas, Ministry and Health, education initiatives and development of unsafe areas.

Prof. Abdullah Elsadig Ali, Surveyor General, Sudan National Survey Authority, Sudan informed the audience about a rehabilitation programme for digital mapping for the largest country in the African continent. Accomplished surveying projects during 2008-10 include Sudan map, White Nile & North Kordofan State Border demarcation, Bor mapping project, Al-Jazeera state project, Abyei mapping project and Akobo mapping project.

Khan Mohammed Afroz of Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs (NOMRA), Saudi Arabia discussed the initiatives of the country towards “Geospatially integrated Saudi Arabia.” Discussing the current situation of geospatial information in Saudi Arabia, Khan observed that there has been a tremendous progression in its uptake since its establishment. He stressed on the need to establish integrated geospatial systems and informed that efforts are on to implement integrated GI systems to selected facets of land management by MOMRA.

Source: Our Correspondent