60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC INSTITUTE
"TOMMY GUARDIA" OF PANAMA

On the occasion of this important anniversary, the authorities of the National Geographic Institute
"Tommy Guardia", headed by its Director General Carlos Laguna, President of the National Section of the PAIGH in Panama, prepared a detailed technical and institutional program covering the period
17th to 21st of July, 2006.


At the head table of the event in the Salon América of the Hotel Plaza Paitilla Inn of Panama City, 17th July, 2006, are seen, from left to right: Santiago Borrero, Secretary General of the PAIGH; Luís Manuel Hernández, Vice-Minister of Public Works of Panama; Carlos Laguna, Director of the IGNTG, and Rolando Armuelles, Coordinator of PRONAT, Panama.

This inaugural event, presided over by the Vice-Minister of Public Works, Ing. Luís Manuel Hernández and benefiting from the presence of the Coordinator of the National Lands Program (PRONAT), Ing. Rolando Armuelles; the Director of the IGNTG, Ing. Carlos Laguna and the Secretary General of the PAIGH M. Sc. Santiago Borrero, who offered "Reflections on the present and future of the institutions responsible for National Cartography"

Among the notable technical presentations were those offered by geographer Alberto McKay, former
Vice-President of the PAIGH, on the theme "Development of Geography in the PAIGH", and that of the Technical Coordinator of PRONAT, Ing. Rolando Armuelles.

Presentation of Santiago Borrero "Reflections on the Present and Future of National Institutions responsible for Cartography" >>>

 

ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NEW NATIONAL GEODESIC FRAME OF PANAMA (SIRGAS)

To mark the 60th anniversary of the IGNTG, Executive Decree 139, 2006, was announced, by which the President of Panama, Martín Torrijos, established the new national geodesic frame and facilitated the INGTM for its coordination and maintenance, in order to adequately implement the Geocentric Reference System for the Americas, 2000, in a manner consistent with that stipulated by the International Geodesic Association (IAG-IUGG), and the PAIGH.

In this way Panama is converted into the first country in Central America to modernize its network with a basis in SIRGAS and one hopes that the other states will continue the process shortly.

 

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