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    MoU between Egyptian Geography Network, MCIT and Governmental Organizations

    Cairo, 15 December 2005

    As the Egyptian government continues its efforts to increase the use of communications and information technology in ministries and government authorities, and as follow up to the launch of the Egyptian Geography Network, a cooperation protocol was signed between the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and eight governmental authorities operating within the field of geographic information with total investments reaching LE12 million.

    The Egyptian Geography Network is an electronic gateway for the concerned authorities’ metadata (digital geographical data for maps) and categorizes maps and data that will be posted on the Internet to maximize the benefits for involved organizations by making data available to users, decision makers, and investors while setting policies and a basis for usage and information exchange.

    The initiative aims to:

    • Save state funds and efforts wasted on redundant map development and digitalizing
    • Set up tools for the exchange of information between governmental agencies as well as non-governmental entities.
    • Unify the standards for creating and publishing digital maps on a national level.
    • Make the categories of geographic information available to decision makers as well as citizens.
    • Make the categorization of geographic information available to investors to encourage investments in Egypt

    MCIT will provide technical support and advice, the necessary training needed to set up the network, program licenses to publish geographic information and data on the Internet, equipment and connections needed to set up a network, as well as providing hosting for the network.

    Partners on this network include the Greater Cairo Utility Data Center (GCUDC); the General Authority for Investments and Free Zones; the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS); the National Center for Planning State Land Uses (NCPSLU); Ministry of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Communities (the General Authority for Urban Planning, New Urban Communities Authority, the Housing and Building Research Center) the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation (the National Authority for Land, Ministry of Irrigation Information Center), the Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage (CULTNAT) and the General Authority for Rehabilitation Projects and Agricultural Development (GARPAD).

    The signing ceremony was attended by Major General Anwar Helmy, Deputy Minister of Communication and Information Technology. The protocol was signed by Dr. Hoda Baraka, Adviser to the Minister of Communications and Information Technology on Information Infrastructure, Engineer Abdel Gileel Mohamed Iraqi, Deputy Minister of Investment and GAFI Director Office Manager and Supervisor to Investment Services; Engineer Mohamed Hisham Mohamed Nasr, Chairman of the National Authority for Land, representing the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation; Engineer Ashraf Mahmoud Ahmed, Deputy Director for the General Authority for Urban Planning and Director of Technical Follow-up and Coordination representing the Ministry of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Communities; Major General Mostafa Khamis, Head of the General Information Center for the Greater Cairo Utilities Network; Dr. Fathy Saleh, CULTNAT Director; Engineer Omar Mohamed El Shawadfy, the National Center for Planning State Land Uses (NCPSLU) Director; Major General Abu Bakr El Guindy, CAPMAS Director; and Engineer Abdel Bar Salem, Director of the General Authority for Rehabilitation Projects and Agricultural Development (GARPAD).






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