Tehran, 25th Meeting of the PRIMAR Advisory Committee

The 25th ordinary annual Meeting of the PRIMAR Advisory Committee (more information about PRIMAR is given below) was held in Tehran (Iran) from 16 to 18 October 2018. The meeting was hosted by the Iran Hydrographic Office. Croatia was represented by Director Vinka Kolić, head of delegation, and Assistant Director for International Cooperation Željko Bradarić, member of delegation.

In a two-day work of the Committee, Croatia once more proved to be a proactive member, participating in discussions on all items of a comprehensive agenda. Strategic, technical, financial, and administrative issues were addressed, as well as the work of PRIMAR, and decisions and action items were adopted in this respect.

The thematic group of technical issues presented improvements in the existing PRIMAR services and functionalities available to PRIMAR members. In particular, it analysed the progress made in the multiannual project for capacity building and PRIMAR functionality regarding the transition to a new generation of electronic navigational charts (ENC) according to IHO standard S-101. The project action plan and financial plan for the period 2019 – 2020 were approved. The possibility of providing certain PRIMAR services to other interested hydrographic offices and organizations was also considered.

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2nd Meeting of the IHO Council

The 2nd Council Meeting of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), hosted by the UKHO, was held in London from 9 to 12 October 2018. The Republic of Croatia participated in the meeting as an observer, represented by its delegates from the Hydrographic Institute: Vinka Kolić, director, and Željko Bradarić, assistant director for international cooperation.

The International Hydrographic Organization is an intergovernmental technical and consultative organization which through its activities contributes towards coordinated action of hydrographic offices, primarily aiming to support the safety of navigation. Croatia is a full member of the IHO, and for its continued contribution has been recognized as a proactive member within the hydrographic community.

The Council is the main operational body of the IHO, which during the inter-Assembly period implements the Assembly decisions, coordinates the IHO activities within the framework of three work programmes and two committees, analyses the implementation of strategic goals and brings forward proposals for consideration by the Assembly and the IHO member states.

The Council consists of representatives from 30 permanent members that take their seat on a regional basis and on the basis of hydrographic interests. The Council meets once a year (in October) at its ordinary meetings. Representatives of other members can also participate in the meeting, put forward proposals and participate in the discussions on all agenda items, but are not entitled to vote.

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