The  recently held 2012 UAE-Korean Knowledge Sharing Seminar reaffirmed the strong commitment of the UAE and South Korea to intensify its collaboration in the information and communications technology (ICT) field to accelerate mutual growth.

Organised by the Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Centre (ADSIC), the government entity in charge of the Emirate’s IT agenda in line with Abu Dhabi Vision 2030, the annual seminar follows up on a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the heads of the Korea Development Institute (KDI) and ADSIC. Under the terms of the memorandum enacted during South Korean President Lee Myung-bak’s state visit to the UAE in late 2009, KDI and ADSIC will periodically share expertise and experiences in key ICT areas such as geographic information systems.

This year’s two-day seminar covered spatial data infrastructure and its synergy with government-wide enterprise applications including the electronic no-objection-certificate and land information management. Information security policies, standards and guidelines were extensively discussed as well. Over 90 representatives from local, federal and semi-government organisations shared best practices and technology investment and human capital development strategies for ICT and Geographic Information Systems deployments. Open forums between the guest speakers and the Korean and Emirati delegates were conducted after each session.

The government and industry leaders and ICT experts attending the event, included members of ADSIC’s Abu Dhabi Spatial Data Infrastructure (AD-SDI) program, an initiative launched in 2007 to facilitate the exchange of geospatial information among government entities, businesses and other stakeholders.

“South Korea has earned global respect as a top developer and enabler of cutting-edge technologies. For its part, the UAE has been focusing on transforming itself into a genuine knowledge-based society and maintaining its status as an innovation-driven Arab state. By sharing our experiences in the ICT domain through platforms such as this seminar, the UAE and Korea can better define and harness the role of technology in advancing development and fostering bilateral cooperation,” said HE Rashed Lahej Al Mansouri, Director General, Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Centre.

Last year’s seminar welcomed a distinguished contingent of Korean delegates which included HE Joong Kyung Choi, Minister of Knowledge Economy, Oh-Seok Hyun, President of KDI, Simon Suh, President and CEO of the Korean Internet and Security Agency, and South Korean Information Technology (IT) and Information Security (IS) experts. Among the Abu Dhabi Government Entities (ADGEs) present then were the Abu Dhabi Police, the Department of Economic Development, Health Authority, 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 sides lauded the growing partnerships between their respective ICT communities.

Since its inception in 2005, ADSIC has been overseeing Abu Dhabi’s e-Government program in coordination with local government entities. It has formed strong technology partnerships with countries such as South Korea to bring in key technology expertise to drive Abu Dhabi’s 2030 vision.

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