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The 3rd Annual Forum for Surveying and Geospatial Information Specialists
11 September 2019
The General Commission for Survey (GCS) has organized The 3rd Annual Forum for Surveying and Geospatial Information Specialists in Riyadh on Wednesday 4/1/1441 H (4/9/2019) . This forum comes to learn about developments in the geospatial and information sector In order to exchange experiences, views and perspectives in light of the growing use of geospatial information from governments and modern civil societies, the forum was attended by a number of governmental, private, academic and a number of local and international geospatial information management specialists.
The meeting began with a speech by HE Dr. Abdulaziz Ibn Ibrahim Al-Saab, President of the General Commission for Survey (GCS), welcoming the audience wishing them success and pointed out the approval of GCS Board headed by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammad Ibn Salman Ibn Abdulaziz AL Saud, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Chairman of the GCS Board of Directors. On the future vision of the geospatial and information sector, which recommended the need for GCS concerned with the organization, control and supervision of the geospatial and information sector in the Kingdom and to guide and rationalize the process of accelerating the transformation In order to guide and develop the infrastructure of the Geospatial and Information Sector, study the market situation and the current situation to establish a sustainable economic system in the Geospatial Survey and Information Sector and increase the contribution of the private sector, guided by international best practices. Accelerate the implementation of infrastructure projects that comply with the vision, including the 1: 25,000 Scale National Coverage Project, which is the first of its kind in the Kingdom in terms of coverage and neighborhood. Drawing scale, which provides a number of outputs and accurate information which will have a positive impact on national development plans. It is hoped, God willing, that its impact will extend to several sectors where it contributes to increase opportunities for economic growth and the development of electronic services and the speed of access to goods and services, and contribute to saving a lot of efforts and rationalize spending, to improve the quality of services provided to citizens.
His Excellency also pointed to the work carried out by the GCS to provide 100% marine and hydrographic projects data in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba. He also explained that the work of the National Spatial Reference System was completed in cooperation with partners, which is a main pillar of all survey works. His Excellency explained that the Commission has worked to implement the generous guidance of the establishment of the geospatial center one of the main strategic axes for the future vision of the area of geospatial and information sector as the authority responsible for the reference and integration of geospatial data and related with the relevant authorities At the same time, the GCS worked with the Executive Committee to improve the performance of the private sector business sector (Taysir) to form a committee on the initiative of launching the Geospatial Center for Geospatial Data Governance and completing the technical work related to the collection and dissemination of geospatial data on the national geospatial platform. He also briefed the audience on the efforts exerted by the GCS to enhance communication with international and regional organizations concerned with survey information. He pointed out that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia represented in the Commission chaired the Arab Committee of Experts of the United Nations Geospatial Information Management where Saudi Arabia was re-elected to the chairmanship and secretariat of the Arab Committee for the next session during the meeting held in Jeddah last February 2019 and also touched on the strengthening Partnerships at the local level, where cooperation with the General Authority for Statistics to achieve integration between geospatial information and statistical data, as well as cooperation with the King Abdulaziz Foundation in the field of geographical names, has signed a number of reached an understanding with a number of government agencies and made efforts in the field of spreading geospatial awareness where organized a number of specialized workshops invited by a number of specialists and international experts.

He Dr. Abdulaziz also stressed that the GCS is working with partners to provide consultancy in the field of Geographic information System GIS, where the Commission formed a committee in this regard to provide support and advice in building GIS for the government sector.
At the end of his speech, HE the President of GCS expressed his thanks and appreciation to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammad Ibn Salman Ibn Abdulaziz AL Saud, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Chairman of the GCS Board of Directors for their continued support to all activities of the Geospatial Information Sector.

This was followed by a visual presentation that included the vision of the surveying and geospatial information sector and the work done by the GCS to achieve this vision. The agenda of the Forum began with a presentation on the role of geospatial information in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by a Geospatial Information Management Expert and Senior Adviser to the United Nations Secretariat for Global Geospatial Information Management Mr. Te Chi Hai spoke about the importance of geospatial information in enabling government agencies to achieve development goals SDGs,followed by a presentation on institutional frameworks, legal regulations and policies for geospatial information by Mr. Kevin Bomfert, in which he explained the challenges facing governments in developing policies, regulations and regulations for the management of geospatial information. After a short break, Eng. Othman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Khorayef, Director General of Geodesy at the GCS, gave a presentation about the National Spatial Reference. The presentation included detailed information on geodetic infrastructure, components of the National Spatial Reference and national geodetic networks. Then Eng. Abdullah bin Theeb Al-Qahtani talked about the importance of unifying the Continuous Operation Reference Station to determine the positioning by satellite because of the rationalization of spending and avoid duplication and raise the quality of outputs.
Eng. Ahmed bin Saleh Al Waseidi, Director General of the Geospatial Information Center at the GCS, gave a presentation on the National Geospatial Center in which he talked about the Geospatial Center as the body responsible for the integration and exchange of data and efforts in this direction.

Dr. Phenisa Lawrence gave a presentation on Geospatial Data Governance in which she talked about the work of the Data Governance Committee, the work accomplished and the future plan of the Committee.
Then, Eng. Ahmed bin Yahya Al-Naami, Director General of Maps Production, presented a presentation on the work done by the Committee to collect and disseminate data available to the government agencies and the experience of the Committee in collecting data for the city of Mecca and the holy feelings as a model that was used during the HAJ season this year 1440 AH To collect data available to all regions of the Kingdom and the subsequent procedures of data sorting, analysis and processing in preparation for publication through the national geospatial platform and make available to the beneficiaries. He also talked about the geospatial infrastructure projects implemented by the GCS such 1: 25,000 Scale National Coverage Project and the projects that the GCS is still working on such as the land cover and land use project and Historical Aerial Photographs of KSA.

After a short break, the third part of the program started with a presentation on the economic returns of geospatial information on the national economy Presented by Geospatial Information Management Expert Mr. Mohammed Zafar, he reviewed some of the global experiences that have achieved and achieved significant returns from the surveying and geospatial information sector that benefit local economies and contribute to creating more jobs and economic growth.
then Mr. Tim Turner spoke about the importance of integrating geospatial information and statistical data and the positive role of this on development plans and providing accurate information to decision makers. This was followed by a presentation titled Building National Capacities in the Geospatial and Surveying Sector by Mr. Musaed bin Saad Al-Mukas.
The speaker of the forum, Eng. Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Awaji, announced the conclusion of the forum which confirmed that the geospatial information sector is a promising and supportive sector for the economy, security and development.

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