The National Committee for Geospatial Information Governance held its second meeting headed by Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA) Chief Executive and Committee Chairman Mr. Mohamed Ali AlQaed at Authority’s premises in Muharraq last week to discuss the latest agenda that aims at enhancing the coordination between projects, preventing duplication of work and reducing expenditures.

During the meeting, the best international practices in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) were presented along with 19 relevant initiatives, proposed by committee members, categorized as strategic and non-strategic initiatives as well as provision of required budget for implementation. The initiatives are measured based on a set of KPIs according to a defined timeframe and based on priority; then to be linked to a specific indicator similar to the Government Action Plan. Initiatives will be submitted to the Ministerial Committee for Construction and Infrastructure chaired by Deputy Prime Minister HH Shaikh Khalid bin Abdullah AlKhalifa for approval. Subsequently, working teams will be formed for implementation with the support of the National Committee.

The National Committee for Geospatial Information Governance was formed based on Resolution (15) for the year 2017 issued by HRH Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa. The committee is established to propose policies and national strategic plans to develop the GIS sector, set relevant standards and determine responsibilities and ownership of each entity. Furthermore; coordinate, gather information to maintain its quality, accuracy as well as ensure updating and prevention of duplicating information.

The committee is in charge of setting GIS policies and procedures, ensuring security of systems and data. Moreover, opening standards to reach the best international practices as well as promoting capacity-building and sharing of knowledge.