GIS – 14 December, 2018: ‘As Mauritius has been actively participating in all the International and Regional Hydrographic Conferences, the progress made by our Hydrographic Department, under the aegis of the Ministry of Housing and Lands, has been recognised and appreciated by all the member states during such meetings. Our country has thus been selected to host the South African Island Hydrographic Commission in 2020’.
The Minister of Housing and Lands, Mr Purmanund Jhugroo, made this announcement, yesterday, at the opening ceremony of the 11th Indo-Mauritian Joint Committee meeting on Hydrography held at the seat of the Ministry in Ebène. The High Commissioner of India, Mr Abhay Thakur, the Joint Chief Hydrographer to the Government of India, Rear Admiral Adhir Arora, and Senior Officials of different Ministries and Organisations were also present.
In his address, Minister Jhugroo highlighted that safe navigation in Mauritius’ large Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) requires up-to-date navigational charts so as to avoid loss of life and property at sea. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on hydrographic cooperation, he pointed out, signed between Mauritius and India in 2005 has allowed for the publication of seven International Charts and nine Electronic Navigational Charts of areas covering Mauritius, Agalega, St. Brandon and Rodrigues.
Seven additional nautical charts are being published by India in Mauritius’ EEZ under the agreed proposal for the enhanced charting scheme, and this will further improve navigational safety in our waters as well as assist cruise ships to include the Indian Ocean in their tours, the Minister underscored. As at date, the Minister indicated that the Mauritius Hydrographic Service has undertaken numerous surveys which have benefitted a number of stakeholder organisations, such as the Mauritius Port Authority, the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Defense and Rodrigues, the Ministry of Fisheries, and the National Coast Guard.
Furthermore, the Housing and Lands Minister recalled that the Mauritius Hydrographic Service won the Award of Distinction as Finalist under the Innovation Incubation Category during the Commonwealth Association of Public Administration and Management biennial conference 2018. He also expressed his appreciation to the Government of India for the provision of technical and training assistance in the field of hydrography.
For his part, the Indian High Commissioner underlined that India is a leading nation in the field of hydrography and has a well-established organisational set-up. The Indian Naval Hydrographic Department, he observed, possesses wide experience with longstanding tradition of professionalism, state-of-the-art equipment, modern infrastructure and great personnel.
In addition, Mr Thakur, urged the Mauritian Government to take advantage of all the capabilities available at the National Institute of Hydrography, Goa, which has been recognised as the Regional Hydrographic Training Centre for South East Asian and African countries by the International Hydrographic Organisation.
11th Indo-Mauritian Joint Committee meeting on Hydrography
This meeting, being held from 11 to 14 December 2018, has been convened under the framework of the India-Mauritius MoU to promote, develop and cooperate on the basis of equality and mutual benefit.
Discussions during the meeting include, mutual sharing of hydrographic data; scheming of new charts; enhancing hydrographic capability; renewal of protocol on the sale of paper navigational chart; and major requirements projected by various stakeholders.
A new chart published by the National Hydrographic Office and entitled “Gabriel and Round Islands” was also released during this 11th Joint Committee meeting.
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