Karachi: Aiming to harmonize the efforts of all maritime stakeholders through timely gathering & sharing of information to effectively safeguard maritime interests of Pakistan, Pakistan Navy has established a ‘Joint Maritime Information and Coordination Centre (JMICC)’ being the nerve centre of Joint Maritime Information Organisation (JMIO) Concept approved by Government of Pakistan.
The Centre will be manned round the clock and rep from all maritime stakeholders will form part of the Centre.
A formal inauguration ceremony was held Thursday wherein, Minister for Defence, Syed Naveed Qamar graced the occasion as Chief Guest. While addressing the audience, the Defence Minister appreciated Pakistan Navy’s efforts for establishing the Interagency Coordination Body in the shape of JMICC and urged the concerned Ministries, Agencies and Departments to support the JMIO and render whole hearted assistance to this nascent organization in order to improve Pakistan’s maritime security.
He reiterated that our aim should be to further consolidate our maritime strategy to counter all threats and challenges in order to reap the unlimited benefits offered by the sea. Congratulating all those who contributed towards the establishment of this institution, the Chief Guest said that he has no doubt that JMICC will, over the years, become the hub of all information related to maritime security at national and regional levels to address the issues related to the maritime domain.
In the welcome address, the Commander Coast, R/Adm Z M Abbasi mentioned that the biggest challenge to maritime security is inter agency coordination between a host of organizations and departments associated with the maritime sector working under different ministries. To overcome this weakness, Pakistan Navy took a lead role for creating the JMICC so as to provide horizontal linkages between various agencies involved in the maritime sector.
The ceremony was attended by high level military and civil officials including the heads of various Maritime Organizations.