BRUNEI Darussalam’s application for the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO) membership has been accepted.
This was revealed by the East Asia Hydrographic Commission (EAHC)Chairman, Commodore Jacinto M Cablayan, who led a delegation of six personnel from EAHC for a technical visit to the Survey Department, Ministry of Development.
The EAHC chairman said he was informed about this on December 1, 2014 by the Director, Regional Coordination Programme of IHO, Mustafa Iptes, who is based in Monaco.
By being a member of IHO, Brunei will be accepted as member of EAHC whereby gaining many advantages which include training and Brunei will also be able to contribute to the global and regional progress in Hydrography and Charting.
The Acting Surveyor General, Survey Department, Ministry of Development, Awang Hj Ali Bakar bin Hj Kasim, welcomed the EAHC delegation.
He appreciated the effort made by the EAHC to visit all member countries including Brunei Darussalam. Also present were senior officers from the Survey Department, Ports Department, Marine Department and Royal Brunei Navy.
The Survey Department, being the lead government agency in monitoring and undertaking hydrographic survey activities in the country, needs support from developed member countries in terms of technical support and capacity building in order to improve the quality and efficiency of the hydrographic or navigational charts in the country.
Besides assessing the current situation in Brunei regarding hydrographic surveying, nautical harting, maritime safety information and the likely future requirements, the visit was also aimed at fostering regional cooperation among IHO member and non-member states.
The EAHC chairman said, “On behalf of the IHO, the member states of the EAHC and the members of the delegation, we thank the Survey Department for accepting the visit, which is a significant milestone for the commission and the region as well.
“During the visit, discussions will be affirmed on how the EAHC and the Survey Department, Ministry of Development Brunei Darussalam can harmoniously work together, help and contribute in terms of technology, charting, hydrography and capacity building.”