UAE-Korean Knowledge Sharing Seminar 2012 upholdsbilateral commitments to ICT cooperation
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ADSIC & Korea Development Institute discuss besttechnology practices & project experiences
June 10, 2012
The 20120UAE-Korean Knowledge Sharing Seminar held recently at the Park Rotana Hotelreaffirmed the strong commitment of the UAE and South Korea to intensify itscollaboration in the information and communications technology (ICT) field toaccelerate mutual growth.
Organized by theAbu Dhabi Systems & Information Centre (ADSIC), the government entity incharge of the emirate’s IT agenda in line with Abu Dhabi Vision 2030, theannual seminar follows up on a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the headsof the Korea Development Institute (KDI) and ADSIC. Under the terms of thememorandum enacted during South Korean President LeeMyung-bak’s state visit to the UAE in late 2009, KDI and ADSIC willperiodically share expertise and experiences in key ICT areas such asgeographic information systems.
Thisyear’s two-day seminar covered Spatial Data Infrastructure and itssynergy with government-wide enterprise applications including the electronicno-objection-certificate and land information management. Information securitypolicies, standards and guidelines were extensively discussed as well. Over 90representatives from local, federal and semi-government organizations sharedbest practices and technology investment and human capital developmentstrategies for ICT and Geographic Information Systems deployments. Open forumsbetween the guest speakers and the Korean and Emirati delegates were conductedafter each session.
The governmentand industry leaders and ICT experts attending the event, included members ofADSIC’s Abu Dhabi Spatial Data Infrastructure (AD-SDI)program, an initiative launched in 2007 to facilitate the exchange ofgeospatial information among government entities, businesses and otherstakeholders.
“SouthKorea has earned global respect as a top developer and enabler of cutting-edgetechnologies. For its part, the UAE has been focusing on transforming itselfinto a genuine knowledge-based society and maintaining its status as aninnovation-driven Arab state. By sharing our experiences in the ICT domainthrough platforms such as this seminar, the UAE and Korea can better define andharness the role of technology in advancing development and fostering bilateralcooperation,” said H.E. Rashed Lahej Al Mansouri, Director General, AbuDhabi Systems & Information Centre.
Lastyear’s seminar welcomed a distinguished contingent of Korean delegateswhich included H.E. Joong Kyung Choi, Minister of Knowledge Economy, Oh-SeokHyun, President of KDI, Simon Suh, President and CEO of the Korean Internet andSecurity Agency, and South Korean Information Technology (IT) and InformationSecurity (IS) experts. Among the Abu Dhabi Government Entities (ADGEs) presentthen were the Abu Dhabi Police, the Department of Economic Development, HealthAuthority - Abu Dhabi, and the Critical National Infrastructure Authority(CNIA). Among the focal points of discussion were IT security,‘green’ IT applications, and human capital development. Both sideslauded the growing partnerships between their respective ICT communities.
Since itsinception in 2005, ADSIC has been overseeing Abu Dhabi’s e-Governmentprogram in coordination with local government entities. It has formed strongtechnology partnerships with countries such as South Korea to bring in keytechnology expertise to drive Abu Dhabi’s 2030 vision