Lt Aaron Andro V Ching of the Hydrography Branch of NAMRIA served as a resource person in the recently concluded ASEAN Regional Forum Workshop on Best Practices in Implementing Safety of Navigation Instruments.
The workshop was held in Conrad Hotel Manila from 11 to 12 July and was co-chaired by the Military Affairs Director of the Ministry of External Affairs of India, Captain Nishant Kumar and the Philippine Permanent Representative to the IMO, Ambassador Gilberto G.B. Asuque.
Delegates from ASEAN and non-ASEAN member states attended the workshop. Technical experts from various local and international agencies provided their inputs during the workshop.
The workshop discussion focused on enhancing the safety of navigation in the ASEAN Region. Topics on piracy, hydrography, information exchanges, cooperation among coastal states, and legal instruments regarding safety of navigation were touched during the workshop.
Lt Ching discusses about NAMRIA's experience in the provision of hydrographic services in the Philippines.
Lt Ching discussed about NAMRIA’s experience and best practices in the provision of hydrographic services and nautical charts to the Philippine maritime industry. He also discussed about NAMRIA’s linkages with the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), East Asia Hydrographic Commission (EAHC), and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).
The participants consolidated the inputs provided by resource persons during the workshop. The resulting report will form part of the outputs of ASEAN 50, which is currently hosted by the Philippines.
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