CEO Bruce Reid was in Shanghai at the end of March to help advance the activities of the IMRF's Asia-Pacific Regional Centre (APRC).
As the IMRF is a non-governmental organi-sation, the APRC registration pro-cess has been a bit challenging; but Mr Lu Dingliang, Director General of Donghai Rescue Bureau (which hosts the APRC) hopes that it will be completed soon, with strong support from the China Ministry of Transport and Shanghai Municipal Government.
Applications for the funding of three IMRF APRC projects for the Asia Pacific Region have been made through the Donghai Rescue Bureau:
• Regional SAR Coordinator training.
• Improving regional cooperation and communication through desktop mass rescue exercises.
• Building collaboration and strengthening SAR relationships across the region through the second regional SAR develop-ment meeting (September 2014).
Bruce and the APRC team also had the pleasure of visiting Shanghai Maritime University, to discuss partnering opportunities. Bruce is seen here with Vice Principal, Professor Jin Yongxing PhD.