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Systems and Regulations of the General Authority for Survey and Geospatial Information
Um Al-QURA
2 October 2020
Article 1:
The following terms - wherever they appear in this regulation - have the meanings set forth before each of them:
Organization: the organization of the General Authority for Survey and Geospatial Information.
Authority: The General Authority for Survey and Geospatial Information.
Board: The Authority’s Board of Directors.
Sector: the surveying, geospatial information and photography sector related to General Authority for Survey and Geospatial Information work.
Article 2:
The Authority enjoys public legal personality and financial and administrative independence, and it is linked organically to the Minister of Defense.
Article 3:
The headquarters of the Authority shall be in the city of Riyadh, and it may establish other branches or offices within the Kingdom by a decision of the Council.
Article 4:
The authority aims to regulate, promote, supervise and monitor the sector in the Kingdom with the exception of works related to the Ministry of Defense; In order to achieve quality, improve performance, and maintain security aspects in coordination with the concerned authorities, and it may do everything necessary in order to achieve its goals, including the following:
1- Establishing and updating basic and guiding standards and controls related to the sector; To achieve the integrated use of the geospatial information system among the relevant authorities, and to ensure its implementation and commitment to it.
2- Proposing regulations related to the sector, after presentation to the Council.
3- Adopting and developing the national geospatial infrastructure, national geodetic reference, national geodetic networks, marine hydrographic survey, provision of data, products, services and electronic applications, topographic and aerial maps and marine navigation maps related to the sector and marketing them, and maintaining their security and confidentiality.
4- Preparing strategic plans, conducting studies and research related to the sector, and working to activate them, with the participation of the relevant authorities.
5- Licensing the practice of activities in the sector, supervising the qualification and classification of practitioners, and setting the rules governing this.
6- Working to protect the interests of the beneficiaries of the sector.
7- Preparing the sector to be attractive for investment and stimulating its growth.
8- Working to develop national competencies in the sector, in cooperation with universities and specialized institutes inside and outside the Kingdom.
9 - Coordination and cooperation with their counterparts in other countries and international bodies and organizations related to the sector, in accordance with the legal procedures.
10- Representing the Kingdom internally and externally in relation to its competencies, in accordance with the statutory procedures.
11- Supervising the issuance of the Kingdom's atlases, updating them, and working on developing them in coordination with the relevant authorities.
12- Work to provide information and studies on the Kingdom's land and sea borders with regard to the sector, provide consultations related to them, and develop a database for this purpose in coordination with the relevant authorities.
13- Providing consultations and services related to the sector to governmental and private agencies and others inside and outside the Kingdom.
Article 5:
First: The authority shall have a board of directors to be formed as follows:
1- Minister of Defense as President
2- Deputy Minister of Defense as Member and Vice President
3- A representative from Ministry of Interior, as a member
4- A representative from Ministry of Defense, as a member
5- A representative from Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, as a member
6- A representative from Ministry of Transport, as a member
7- A representative from Ministry of Finance, as a member
8- A representative from Ministry of Education, as a member
9- A representative from Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, as a member
10- A representative from Ministry of Economy and Planning, as a member
11- A representative from Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, as a member
12- A representative from King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, as a member
13- A representative from the Saudi Geological Survey, as a member
14- A representative from the General Authority for Statistics, as a member
15- A representative from the Saudi Authority for Data and Artificial Intelligence, as a member.
16 - The Chairman of the authority as a member
17- Two members with specialization and academic and professional standing in the authority’s field of work
18- Two representing the private sector as members
Second: The appointment of the members referred to in Paragraphs (17) and (18) of Clause (First) of this Article shall be by a decision of the Council of Ministers based on a nomination from the Chairman of the Council, for a period of (three) years, renewable once (one time).
Third: The rank of government agency representatives should not be less than (fifteen) or its equivalent.
Article 6:
The Council is the supreme authority competent to run the affairs of the Authority, formulate the general policy, and take the necessary decisions to achieve its objectives, and in particular it has the following powers:
1- Approving the authority's policies, plans and operational programs.
2- Approving the controls and conditions for granting the Authority licenses and permits related to conducting activities and business in the sector.
3- Approving the organizational structure of the body.
4- Approval of the financial regulations in agreement with the Ministry of Finance.
5- Approving administrative regulations, in agreement with the Ministry of Finance, regarding provisions with a financial impact thereon.
6- Approving technical regulations and internal regulations necessary for running the Authority’s affairs.
7- Endorsing the rights of those whom the council seeks assistance from to benefit from their expertise.
8- Approving the pricing policy for businesses, products, services, licenses and permits in the sector, and the financial compensation for any business, product, service, license or permit provided by the Authority.
9- Approving the clearing and settlement mechanism between the relevant authorities.
10- Appointing an internal financial controller.
11- Approval of the Authority’s draft budget, its closing account, and the auditor’s report, in preparation for completing the statutory procedures.
12- Approving the Authority’s annual report and submitting it in accordance with the statutory procedures.
13- Approving the establishment of companies or participating in their establishment or participating in them to work in the sector or enter into partnerships or alliances, in accordance with the legal procedures.
14- Approving the purchase of real estate in the interest of the Authority in order to achieve its objectives, and in accordance with the legal procedures.
15- Accepting donations, gifts, grants, bequests and endowments that are presented to the Authority.
The board may delegate some of its powers to whomever it deems fit from among the authority’s officials.
Article 7:
1 - Meetings of the Board shall be held at the headquarters of the authority, and may, when necessary, be held in any other place within the Kingdom.
2 - The council meets at the invitation of its president (twice) at least (twice a year). The invitation must be accompanied by the meeting agenda, and the council chairman must call the council to a meeting whenever requested by (half) of its members at least.
3 - For the meeting to be valid, the attendance of at least the majority of the members, including the chairman or his deputy, is required. Decisions are issued by at least the majority of the attendees ’votes, and when votes are equal, the side with which the meeting chair voted shall prevail. The objecting member may record his objection and the reasons for the objection in the board meeting minutes.
4- The council’s deliberations and decisions are confirmed in minutes signed by the meeting chair and the attending members, and the president of the authority publishes the decisions in the regular manner.
5- A member may not abstain from voting, nor may another member be authorized to vote in his absence.
6- It is not permissible for a member to divulge anything of the Authority’s secrets.
7 - The Council shall have a secretary from among the employees of the authority, chosen by the Chairman of the Board based on the nomination of the Chairman of the authority mission, and the Board defines his duties and remuneration.
8- The council may invite to its sessions those who wish to use their information and experiences without having the right to vote.


Article 8:
The authority shall have a Chairman of the Excellent Rank, appointed upon a nomination by the Chairman of the Board, who is the executive responsible for managing the authority, and his responsibilities are concentrated within the limits of what is stipulated in the regulation and he exercises in particular the following powers and competencies:
1-  authority supervising the work of the administrative, financial and technical.
2- Follow up on the implementation of the decisions issued by the Board.
3- Approving the rental of real estate and the purchase of movables and leasing them in the interest of the Authority in a manner that achieves its objectives.
4- Proposing the Authority organizational structure and its financial, internal, technical and administrative regulations, submitting them to the Board, and supervising their implementation after approval.
5- Proposing the pricing policy for businesses, products, services, licenses and permits in the sector, and the financial compensation for any business, product, service, license or permit provided by the Authority.
6- Preparing the Authority’s plans and programs, and supervising their implementation.
7- Proposing the rights of those whom the council can seek to benefit from their experiences.
8- Proposing a clearing and settlement mechanism between the relevant authorities.
9- Supervising the preparation of the Authority’s draft budget, the annual report, and the final account, and presenting them to the Board.
10- Issuing orders for the Authority’s expenditures within the limits of the approved annual budget.
11- Issuing licenses and permits related to conducting activities in the sector - in coordination with the relevant authorities - in accordance with the controls and conditions approved by the Council.
12- Collecting revenues (direct, clearing, paying) and developing procedures for collecting them.
13- Preparing the necessary studies for establishing companies, participating in establishing them, participating in them, or entering into partnerships or alliances.
14- Appointing the Authority’s employees and supervising them, in accordance with the powers granted to him and what the Authority’s bylaws specify.
15 - Attracting the competencies that require the work need to seek their assistance, and appointing whomever the work of the Authority requires.
16- Approval of scholarships and training for the Authority’s employees; To study at home or abroad, according to the authority’s regulations.
17- Submit periodic reports to the Board on the Authority’s work, achievements and activities.
18- Representing the authority in its relationship with other bodies and before the judicial, administrative and other authorities.
19- Carrying out the competencies conferred upon him by the decisions of the Council and the regulation provisions.
The head of the authority may delegate some of his powers and duties to other employees of the authority.
Article 9:
With the exception of the Chairman of the Authority, the Authority’s employees are subject to the provisions of the Labour Law and the Social Insurance Law.
Article 10:
The financial resources of the Authority consist of the following sources:
1- What is allocated to it in the state’s general budget.
2- Fees for any business, product, service, license or permit provided by the Authority.
3- Movable and immovable property located at its disposal, or transferred to it from other bodies.
4- Funds resulting from the Authority’s investments.
5- What the council accepts, including gifts, donations, grants, wills, and endowments.
6- Any other resource approved by the Board in accordance with the regulations.
Article 11:
The authority shall have an independent annual budget issued by royal decree.
Article 12:
The funds of the Authority shall be deposited in a current account of the Ministry of Finance at the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency, and it shall have the right to open accounts in banks licensed to operate in the Kingdom, and disbursed from them according to the approved budget of the Authority.
Article 13:
The Authority’s fiscal year is the state’s fiscal year.
Article 14:
The authority submits its annual closing account to the Council of Ministers within ninety days from the end of the fiscal year, and provides the General Accounting Office with a copy of it.
Article 15:
Without prejudice to the right of the General Accounting Office to oversee the Authority’s accounts, the Board shall appoint an external auditor (or more) from persons of natural or legal character who are authorized to work in the Kingdom, and determine his fees. The auditor's report is submitted to the Board.
Article 16:
The regulation replaces the General commission for Survey organization, issued by Council of Ministers Resolution No. (8) dated 14/01/1427 AH, and repeals all provisions that contradict it.
Article 17:
The regulation shall be published in the Official Gazette and shall take effect after (ninety) days from the date of its publication.
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