Definition of Power, Duties and organization of Geo-spatial Information Institute Regulation No. 440-2018

Regulation No. 440-2018



      WHEREAS, Technology and Innovation Institute was established as per Article 32(9) of  the Definition of Powers and Duties of the Executive Organs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Proclamation No. 1097/2018;

      WHEREAS, the Proclamation provides for issuance of a Council of Ministers Regulation to further define powers and duties of the Institute;

      NOW THEREFORE, this Regulation is issued by the Council of Ministers Pursuant to Article 32(9) of the Definition of Powers and Duties of the Executive Organs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Proclamation No. 1097/2018.

  1. Short Title


This Regulation may be cited as the “Definition of Power, Duties and organization of Geo-spatial Information Institute Regulation No. 440/2018.”


  1. Definition

1/    “Ministry” or “Minister” means The Ministry or Minister of Innovation and Technology, respectively.


2/ “Geospatial Information” means a complete set of information on geographical location and characteristics of the Earth’s surface and earth’s natural resources, such as geologic or geographical features and features, from tunnels, air, and earth, with the help of tunnels or other survey tools.


3/  “Geospatial Information Infrastructure” means a framework for gathering a different type of Geospatial information, managing, organizing, disseminating, analyzing, standardizing, organizing, managing,  in a metadata system, a technology, a policy, and a structured organization that conveniently facilitates access to information.


4/ “Geospatial Information Technology” means technologies used to collect, store, analyze, and distribute geospatial information, such as in space, air and ground.


5/ “Remote Sensing” mean science collection of geospatial data using technology, weather, or earth-observation without any physical contact with any organ or phenomenon.


6/ “GEODIS” refers to the science studies about the shape, area, content, and progressive process of the earth.


7/    “Geodynamics” is a scientific process that involves the study of the shape, size, content, and evolution of time of the earth.


8/    “Photogrammetry” means the photographic or satellite image processing and measurement technology to determine the accuracy of the location of any surface of the planet from the aerial or satellite photographs or satellite imagery.


9/    “GIS” means a system for uploading, storing, analyzing, administering, and displaying geospatial information and related disclosure information.


10/  “Design Technologies” mean physical surfaces or devices that are used extensively on the surface of the Earth, such as altitude, height, distance, angle, and direction.


11/  “Raw data” is a raw material, not analyzed and used for unpredictable and unpublished raw information.

12/  “Geospatial Data” is unpublished and not analyzed raw material that is a raw material for the geospatial information.


13/  “Net geospatial data” means separate geospatial information that is analyzed and used for the intended purpose.


14/ “Metadata” shall mean disclosure of information about a data source about the source of information, the content, the timeliness, the preparation, the quality, etc.



15/  Geospatial Information Collection “is a geospatial data gathering that uses geospatial information technology tools from space, air, and earth.


16/ “Geospatial Information Storage” means the collection of geospatial information stored in various database technologies.


17/  “Geospatial information analysis” means analyzing geospatial information using GIS, radiance, geometry and survey software.


18/ “Geospatial Information Broadcasting” means making the geospatial information accessible to users through the use of geospatial information technology infrastructures.

19/ “Geospatial policy is a framework for the security, ownership, enforcement and the protection of geospatial information and technology.


20/ “Spatial Geospatial Information” is a set of more than one geospatial data set in the same category as the same place as the Ordinance Network.


21/ “Map” means the appearance and layout of the world’s natural and man-made organizations as graphic design.


22/ “Map work” means the design or operation of graphic design using a survey, aerial photograph, photographic, cartographic, graffiti, or similar geospatial information that is used to demonstrate the scale of natural and man made objects.


23/ “Replenishment of the map” means updating the map by updating it with a new map showing new changes in land changes caused by man-made and natural phenomena.


24/ “National Geodetic Control Points” means points of contact survey function designed to measure geometry and elevation of space by controlling geometric scale.


25/ “Satellite” shall mean an artificial object that is rotated in the earth by a variety of uses.



26/ “Satellite images” means numerical and graphite information of visible light transmissible by light, intensity and the electromagnetic spectrum.


27/ “Standards” mean the distance, weight, size, and the degree of the difference between two or more bodies above or on the Earth.

28/ “Different purpose map” is a map intended for a certain purpose, based on map action.

29/ “Surveying” means measuring the size and shape of the relative distance, direction, and height of the natural and man-made elements on a specific plot.

30/ “Atlas” is a map supported by a chart and explicit charts prepared in the form of book.

31/  “Person” means a natural or legal person;

32/ Any expression in the Masculine  Gender includes a woman.

  1. Head Office

The Institute’s head office shall be in Addis Ababa and may have branch offices elsewhere in the country as may be necessary.

  1. Objectives

The Institute shall have the following objectives:

1/  Develop research on geospatial science and technology and geo-information sector, build geospatial infrastructure, adopt new technology and make use of research results to beneficiaries;


2/  Link inputs of Geospatial information research and development, land survey, climate and weather satellite imagery, aerial photographs, surveying, and mapping with the development activities of the country, Plan and operate, analyze the results through scientific methods, make it accessible to users;


3/  Gather, organize, coordinate, and control surveying and geodetic network infrastructure, land survey, climate and weather satellite imagery, relevant satellite data, aerial photographs, mapping, and related Geospatial information that are applied with in the country and make it accessible to the beneficiaries.

4/        Organize research centers and laboratories to conduct research and development activities in geospatial science, technology, and information sector;

5/  Increase productivity and utilization of institutions that are beneficiaries of the geospatial sector by developing their capacities by training and technology transfer.

6/  Provide competency certificate and professional qualification level for professionals engaged in Geospatial Sector.


  1. Powers and Duties of the institute

The Institute shall have the following powers and duties;

1/   Formulate policy and strategies on  Geospatial Science and Technology Sector , prepare a short and long-term plan and  implement on approval by the government;

2/  Organize information collection tools and technologies needed for geospatial research, laboratories, information centers, data processing, and storage infrastructure and other related research infrastructures;


3/  Design and carry out research activities to properly  produce  geospatial information jobs;


4/ Organize research and development centers in the area  of geospatial science and technology;


5/  Collect, produce, analyze, organize, administer and distribute geospatial information to end users;


6/  Install, maintain, expand, and administer National geodetic networks used to determine land-marking and control signs for navigation, distance, and altitude;


7/  Prepares and distribute maps of different origins for different types of services and prepares special maps;


8/  Revises General purpose maps and special task maps;

9/   prepare, reproduce, and distribute, national and  regional  and  special turtles;

10/ Supervise geodetic control points, preparation of geospatial information map and activities of  capture of aerial photography;

11/ Provides competency certificate for individuals engaged in the geospatial activities; supports the institutions on geospatial;

12/    locate international, Regional, Zonal,Woreda and Kebelle boundaries of the country on map following approval by the pertinent Government body  and distribute to the beneficiaries;


13/    Provides capacity building training for  institutions engaged in the geospatial information sector; provide technical support and consultation;


14/   Cooperate with National and foreign institutions engaged in geospatial information sector;


15/   Undertake other activities necessary to attain the objective of the Institution.


  1. Organization of the Institute

The Institute shall have:-

1/  A Director-General and Deputy Director Generals appointed by the Government;  and

2/  Necessary employees.

  1. Powers and Responsibilities of the Director General

1/      The Director General shall be the chief executive officer of the Institute and shall direct and administer the activities of the Institute.


2/      Without prejudice to the generality of sub-Article (1) of this Article, the Director-General shall:

  1. apply the powers and duties of the Institute as specified in Article 5 of this Regulation;


  1. b) Institute and administer the Institute’s staff in accordance dirctives  issued by the government in accordance  with civil service laws;


  1. c) prepare annual work plans and budgets of the Institute and implement the same upon approval;


  1. d) Effect payments in accordance with the approved budget and work program of the Institute;
  2. e) represent the Institute in all its dealings with third parties;
  3. f) Submit to the relevant Government organizational performance and financial reports of thehe Institute.


3/   The Director General may delegate part of his powers and duties to the other officials and employees of the Institute to the extent necessary for the efficiency of the activities of the Institute.


  1. Powers and Duties of the Deputy  Directors

The Deputy Director Generals shall have the following powers and duties:

1/    Perform the assigned activities by the Director-General;

2/    Acting on behalf of the Director-General in his absence when he is assigned by the Director General.


  1. Budget

Budget of the Institute shall be allocated by the Government.


  1. Books of Account

1/  The institute shall keep complete and accurate records of accounts.


2/  The books of accounts and financial documents of the Institute shall be audited annually by the Federal Auditor General or by an Auditor designated by him.



  1. The Effective Date


This Regulation shall come in to force as of the 14th day of November 2018 of its endorsement by the Council of Ministers.


  Done at Addis Ababa, this 25th Day of December, 2018.





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