MoU on geo-spatial info tech cooperation

HYDERABAD Nov. 13. The State Government on Wednesday signed a MoU with the Canadian Government for cooperation in the field of geo-spatial information technology.

The MoU, which will cover subjects of mutual interest between the two Governments, was signed in the presence of the Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, and the Canadian Minister for Natural Resources, Herb Dhaliwal, who is leading a business development mission to India, accompanied by officials and representatives of 45 reputed Canadian companies specialising in geomatics, geoscience, energy, mining and forest products.

Mr. Dhaliwal said the MoU, the first one to be signed by Canada with any Indian State, would facilitate collaboration in the areas of geomatics, geoscience and geographic information technology. Both Canada and India have excellent capabilities in geomatics and geoscience, essential tools to provide information about a country's geography, environment and natural resources base. By working together, they can take advantage of cost competitiveness, expertise and management excellence.

Geomatics is the science and technology of gathering, analysing and using geographic information and examples of geomatics technology are remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems. Geoscience is the science of understanding a country's landmass and offshore regions and supports countries in cost effective exploration for hydrocarbons, minerals and groundwater resources.

He added that the delegation would visit Mumbai, Kolkata and Chandigarh during its weeklong tour of the country. A MoU with the Union Minister for Science and Technology would also be signed for institutionalised links between the two countries.

Mr. Chandrababu Naidu said his Government was keen on working with Canada in mining, energy and offshore oil and gas. The IT-enabled services witnessed unprecedented growth rate in the State.

He spoke of the Government's intention to make Hyderabad another Silicon Valley. The efforts at promoting bioinformatics and biotechnology in the State were also highlighted by him.

The MoU was signed between Irwin Itzkovitch, Assistant Deputy Minister, Earth Sciences Sector, Canada, and J. Satyanarayana, Principal Secretary, Information and Communications Technology, AP Government. It was followed by a seminar on geomatics in sustainable development of AP.

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