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MAWANI and the General Authority for Survey and Geospatial Information have signed an MoU

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Saudi Ports Authority MAWANI and the General Authority for Survey and Geospatial Information (GEOSA) have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on October the 9th at the MAWANI HQ in Riyadh. The signing was formalized by HE Omar Hariri, MAWANI President, and HE Dr. Eng. Mohammed Yahya Alsayel, President of GEOSA . The MoU is set to boost mutual collaboration in the domains of data exchange, technical consultancy, research, surveying, and geospatial services.

The collaboration will focus on capacity building and training of human resources, in addition to organizing workshops, conferences, and seminars of mutual interest, as well as co-promoting each other’s offerings. MAWANI will provide GEOSA with updated geospatial information available at its disposal while also sharing geodetic network data, including reference points or Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS), to enhance and align standards and specifications.

It will also facilitate an agreement whereby MAWANI will work with GEOSA through their accredited maps of the country of international land and marine borders, administrative regions, and geographical areas.

The deal with GEOSA will enable MAWANI to leverage the national geodetic infrastructure and establish a connecting to the National Geospatial Platform. MAWANI will have access to the Saudi Arabia National Spatial Reference System (SANSRS) for surveying purposes, subject to support from the national maritime regulator during the transition process from older references to the new system.

The agreement will also see MAWANI designate GEOSA as a technical consultant and reference point to plan its surveying and geospatial activities as well as set the relevant regulatory frameworks. Through this collaboration, the kingdom will develop its surveying and geopathical landscape, better ensuring the safety of its seafarers and providing the path for improved efficiency within the Maritime sector.

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