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    Information System Application Announced to Manage Egypt Water Resources

    Cairo, 2 February 2014

    The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Atef Helmy, along with the Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation Ayman Abu Hadid and the Minister of Scientific Research Ramzy Estino witnessed today, during the events of signing a protocol between the three ministries, the announcement of a new application for an integrated information system to manage and develop Egyptís water resources.

    The protocol aims to spread the use of remote sensing and geographic information system (GIS) to manage and develop fishery in Egypt, thus maximizing the economic revenue of water surfaces like lakes and the sector of aquaculture, being the main pivots for supporting the national economy and achieving economic development.

    This reflects the Stateís Keenness to exploit its major resources and achieve an economic value-added to boost development and apply social justice.   

    The government, through this protocol, is eager to fully benefit from lakes and farms to protect the Egyptian food security and maintain diversification of the national income resources while providing more job opportunities.

    Helmy said that this protocol crystalized the cooperation between the three ministries and the National Authority for Remote Sensing and one of the telecommunications companies in Egypt to implement this national project. Cooperation between these stakeholders highlighted the government adoption of the team-work methods in an attempt to overcome current challenges, he ascertained.

    According to him, technology should be applied in all walks of life. Therefore, he explained, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) cooperated with all ministries, Stateís agencies and bodies to achieve the transfer towards the digital society hand in hand with acquiring social justice, eliminating corruption, and enrooting technology tools in the Stateís bodies.

    He pointed out that the land registration project, in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) would be finalized by 30 June 2014, and that all broadband tenders would be launched by the end of this month.

    Moreover, a number of agreements were signed between MCIT and MoA, where the latest was signed in November 2013 to develop the MoA working system, in order to achieve a unified agricultural investment plan including activities such as land registration, land reclamation, as well as the investment opportunities in poultry and fishery productions.

    This is a step towards achieving full integration with the rest of government bodies in the future, through a national center for Spatial Data Information (SDI) which MCIT seeks to establish to guarantee the provision and availability of BaseMap on the national level for all State sectors in cooperation with the ministries of Planning and Administrative Development and the Egyptian Survey Authority, with a main aim to improve the planning decision, enhance cooperation and coordination to implement policies of sharing and exchanging information between government bodies.

    The main goals of the protocol entail the use of advanced technologies for early discovery of lakes and fish farms infringements, the prediction of the size of fish production, creating a vision to decision makers to shape national strategies and make appropriate decisions, relying on the geographical information system (GIS), remote sensing and global positioning system describing spatial dimensions and mix it with work indicators in a visual and attractive manner.  

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