ASEAN lies at the core of the regional hub of Asia-Pacific and plays a pivotal role to promote progress in the region. The Director General of IMSO, Captain Moin Ahmed, warmly welcomed the heads of mission from the ASEAN States at the IMSO annual luncheon briefing. The briefing is an important event which aims to strengthen IMSO relationship with the ASEAN States and institutions, which have also been a cornerstone for IMSO to discuss and promote matters of mutual relationship between IMSO and ASEAN Member States and non-member States.
The luncheon briefing was attended by the head of diplomatic missions and representative of Brunei Darussalam, Kingdom of Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Kingdom of Thailand, Vietnam and Lao People’s Democratic Republic.
Captain Ahmed continues the tradition of hosting the ambassadors and believes that the ASEAN members represent a critical and powerful group in the region. He further elaborated on IMSO’s key priorities and future business plan regarding the oversight function that IMSO plays in relation to public satellite safety and security services by mobile satellite communication systems Inmarsat. Discussions also included the role of other providers who intend to be Global Maritime Distress and safety System (GMDSS) approved in the coming years; the coordination of the Long-Range Identification and Tracking of Ships (LRIT) System worldwide; membership issues, Sea Earth Station (SES) agreement, Acceptance of 2008 Amendments to IMSO convention, IMSO protocol on privileges and Immunities and also its participation with other international and regional organisations that are involved in mobile and maritime communication matters.
Inmarsat made a presentation which provided insightful information on the future of satellite industry and their commitment toward saving lives of all seafarers. They also presented information which related to the technical and operational assessment of the Fleet Broadband Maritime Safety Data Service in the GMDSS, conducted by IMSO as the regulator. The head of diplomatic missions was given the opportunity to visit Inmarsat’s Network Operations and Satellite Control Centre, where they had the privilege to observe different satellite antenna and communication equipment used in the maritime and aviation communication as well as networks management and control.
All delegates were fascinated by the unique outlook of IMSO in serving matters of maritime safety and commended Captain Ahmed for the unifying role he has played in the ASEAN community and for his commitment towards the Organization and its Member States.
Captain Moin thanked all the delegates for honouring IMSO with their presence at such an important briefing and Inmarsat for kindly sponsoring the lunch. The head of missions and IMSO Director General have looked forward to strengthening their work relationship and were fervent about the continued cooperation between ASEAN members and IMSO.