On 7 August 2012, Director-General [of the SPC] Dr Jimmie Rodgers, presented to a Special Session of the CRGA a joint letter signed between Dr Russell Howorth in his capacity as Director of SOPAC Commission and himself confirming the full and effective closure of the SOPAC Commission.
In advising the Special Session of this final landmark achievement the Director General commended Dr. Howorth, who was instrumental in the full and effective implementation of the RIF reforms as it related to the integration of SOPAC as the Applied Geoscience and technology division of SPC in January 2011.
The Director General advised the meeting that all the requirements for the formal closure of the Commission had now been completed with the finalisation of its closing audit. In this regard the joint letter was the final communication confirming the ‘Letter of Agreement of August 2010’ as fully implemented.
SOPAC Commission is now suspended in accordance with the decision of the last SOPAC Commission Governing Council Meeting held in October 2010.
Caption: Final SOPAC Commission flag lowering, and raising of SPC flag.