JTSC-SDM 32nd Meeting Bogor/CS

The Joint Technical Sub-Committee on Survey and Demarcation of the Boundary and Mapping (JTSC-SDM) of the Common Border Areas between the Republic of Indonesia and the Independent State of Papua New Guinea held its 32nd meeting in Bogor, Indonesia from the 29th to the 30th April 2016.

The JTSC-SDM meeting mainly discussed the two countries joint work plan for this year 2016. These included:  Survey and Demarcation of the Boundary between both countries, the Common Border Datum Reference Frame (CBDRF- project 1), Mapping of the Border Area along Corridor of 10 kilometres on each side of the boundary on mutually agreed common datum, Map projection and Map Scale (Project 2) and the maintenance of boundary pillars including Doppler control points and the fly river bulge control points (project 3).
On the Common Border Datum Reference Frame (CBDRF) Project (2013-2015), both countries have conducted a joint CBDRF survey for border pillars MM 2.1, MM 6A, MM 6.1A, MM 6.2A and MM 6.2 in 2013. In 2014 there was no CBDRF survey conducted however in October 2015, the two countries conducted a joint CBDRF survey for border pillars MM 11.1.

The PNG side informed the meeting that it has yet to conduct the CBDRF survey for MM 7.0, MM 7.1 and MM 7.2 therefore the Indonesia side offered its assistance to jointly conduct the CBDRF survey. The PNG side gave an indication that they will have start conducting the CBDRF survey for MM 7.0, MM 7.1 and MM 7.2 by July this year.

On the Mapping of Gap Areas, the PNG side proposed to have a joint program with Indonesia to update data of Joint Border Mapping of Map sheets in the border areas. It was further proposed that any maintenance of border monuments on both sides should comply with the TOR on Monitoring of the Change of the Fly River Bulge as agreed to in 2014.

Meanwhile, both sides acknowledged the convening of the JTSC-SDM meeting in Bandung, Indonesia on the 18th November 2015 however, the results of the Bogor meeting will be reported to the Joint Bilateral Committee (JBC) meeting will supersede the outcome of the 2015 JTSC-SDM meeting.