The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science & Technology (EIAST) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Central Informatics Organization (CIO) in the Kingdom of Bahrain to develop joint activities and initiatives to strengthen co-operation in the filed of applied research and industrial innovation.
This initiative strengthens the strategic partnership between the two parties, and underscores the joint efforts that can be initiated across various sectors regionally and globally for the benefit of all stakeholders.
As per the MoU, EIAST and the Central Informatics Organization will pursue joint technological research activities related to advanced science & technology, and applied research and development projects. The MoU will play a significant role to enhance the cooperation between the staff in the fields of mutual interest such as advanced technology products. It will promote mutual assistance in improving research techniques and methods, and exchange of researches and technical expertise.
The MoU was signed by Engineer Salem Al Marri, Head of Space Programme Department at EIAST, and Dr Khalid Abdulrahman Al-Haidan, Director of GIS Directorate, Central Informatics Organization.
Al Marri said: "We are pleased to sign the MoU with the Bahraini Central Informatics Organization to communicate and exchange knowledge, expertise and experiences at all levels. EIAST seeks to establish regional and international cooperative relations and joint ventures with leading institutions to provide solutions that strengthen the march of human civilization and human advancement. Our partnership with the Bahrain’s Central Informatics Organization marks the strong co-operation in the region by EIAST to promote the application of our space services.”
He added: “DubaiSat-1 is a big leap for the United Arab Emirates as it reflects the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to establish space industries, advanced technologies and modern communications, and drive the socio-economic growth of the emirate. The MoU will contribute to developing human resources by strengthening the culture of innovation and scientific research among nations as a founding pillar in the system of development.”
Dr Khalid Al-Haidan said that signing the MoU would enable the exchange of knowledge and experience across all levels, adding that satellites have become a main source of information due to the accuracy and speed in receiving information. “CIO is the main source of information in the Kingdom, and we are keen to benefit from advanced technologies to support the concerned authorities in Bahrain. EIAST is one of the premier institutions in space research and advanced technology in the region, and the partnership is a perfect fit for CIO, a leading institution globally in geographic information systems and remote sensing.”
The Central Informatics Organization is a government body responsible for the provision of infrastructure for technology and advanced communications services, for the Government of Bahrain. Its mission is to ensure the highest standard of living and improve the quality of life of the Bahraini citizens through comprehensive and accurate information in a timely manner. It is also a provider of information and communication technology service to all institutions, and government bodies and Bahraini ministries.