An overall summary of the Director's official visit to Republic of Korea between 27 August 2019 and 6 September 2019.
Dr Young Joo Lee, Director of CCOP TS, visited the Ministry of Unification in Republic of Korea. The Director spoke with Ms Hyeonjeong Lim, Director of the Development Cooperation Division of the Inter-Korean Exchange & Cooperation Bureau. The Deputy Directors from the same division, Mr Dong-Ki Han and Ms Gowoon Lee, have also attended. The Ministry of Unification confirmed to support North Korea’s participation in the 55th CCOP Annual Session. CCOP is to contact North Korea immediately and directly through the Embassy in Thailand.
Dr Young Joo Lee, Director of CCOP Technical Secretariat, and Dr Dhiti Tulyatid, Regional Expert, participated in the 9th Liaison Officials Meeting of the China-ASEAN Mining Cooperation Forum & Exhibition (CAMCF) held on 12 July 2019 at the Shangri-la Jakarta Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia. CAMCF offered three special international training courses: 1. 7th China-ASEAN Mining Industry Talent Exchange Training Class (CAMCF Secretariat, 21 days); 2. the 2018 Geological Survey Information Technology Training Classes for Developing Countries (MFA & CGS); and finally 3. the Geological Disaster Prevention and Control Technology Training Class for the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor (organized by CGS).
Dr Young Joo Lee, Director of CCOP Technical Secretariat, together with Dr Dhiti Tulyatid, Regional Expert, had a courtesy visit to Mr Rudy Suhendar, Permanent Representative of Indonesia to CCOP, Head of the Geological Agency, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR), at his office in Jakarta, Indonesia. Dr Rudy Suhendar and his staff, including:Dr Eko Budi Lelono (Head of Center for Geoligical Survey);Andiani (Head of Groundwater and Environmental Geology); Kasbani (Head of Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation); Iman Sinulingga (Head of Mineral Resources, Coal and Geothermal); Ratdomo Purbo (Secretary of Geological Agency); Dadan Kusnida (Head of R&D Agency); and Setyorini (Head of LEMIGAS); Moehamad Awaludin(Head of Mineral Exploration); and Dr. S.S Rita Susilawati (Head of Coal Division); welcomed Dr Young Joo Lee and Dr Dhiti Tulyatid.
The meeting was aware of the exchange of technology and experiences. It was suggested that a clear topic should be defined to working together, i.e., saline soil over Thailand & Lao. A training course was also encouraging. However, national coordinators need to be the same throughout the project. It is also encourage that participating countries share their groundwater data in order to have better understanding about the transboundary aquifer; then they could properly specify the areas of the transboundary aquifer. This must be carried out in small selected areas for the start (KIGAM cannot support a countrywide work).
Dr Young Joo Lee, Director of CCOP TS, along with Dr Dhiti Tulyatid, Regional Expert officially visited the Headquarters of the Siam Cement Group company to have a meeting and discuss on possible collaboration among SCG, CCOP and KIGAM on CCUS (Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage) methodology and technologies for cement and paper industry.
The Director introduced CCOP and KIGAM, as well as stated his intention to get to know and meet key persons of SCG who will further collaborate on CCUS methodology among SCG-CCOP-KIGAM in terms of cement and paper industry.
During 18 – 19 June 2019, Dr Dhiti Tulyatid, Regional Expert, CCOP Technical Secretariat Office; a Member of Thailand National Geopark Committee and a Field Evaluator for Thailand Naitonal Geopark, participated in the International Workshop on Heritage Values of Ly Son – Sa Huynh Aspiring Geopark, at the Central Hotel, Quang Ngai, Vietnam.
The event is an opportunity to strengthen scientific evidence on geological and cultural heritage, to further supplement findings from scholars, researchers and policy-makers in a bid to finalize the application dossier to submit UNESCO by the end of 2019 for the recognition of a UNESCO global geopark, as well as to provide necessary information for the conservation, management and development of Ly Son - Sa Huynh Aspiring UNESCO Global Geopark, and to commemorate the 110th anniversary of unearthing Sa Huynh Culture.