Mapping Agency Transforms into Geo-Spatial Information Agency

Ethiopian Mapping Agency is pondering a structural reform following the legislation of a proclamation which also changed its name to Ethiopian Geo-Spatial Information Agency.

In the reformation process, the Agency will add new directorates and departments, according to Tesfamikael Taffesse, communications director of the Agency.

The Agency was re-named due to the high demand to use geospatial information for different commercial, investment, mining, electric and telecom line installation, and an input for policy draft in the country, according to Tesfamikael.

The Agency was established in 1954 under the reign of Emperor Haile Selassie I as a department in the Imperial Ethiopian Ministry of Education, initially called the Ethiopian Mapping & Geography Institute. It was responsible for mapping, surveying and remote sensing activities before transferring to the Ministry of Interior.

It was transferred to the Ministry of Interior in 1960 and expanded its operations to include some basic cartographic activities and extended research.

Published on Feb 18,2018 [ Vol 18 ,No 930]



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