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PTC Secretariat

PTC Secretariat (formally known as Technical Support Unit of PTC) is the executive arm of the WMO/ESCAP Panel on Tropical Cyclones (PTC) which is mandated to assist the PTC in its day-to-day work and coordinate the PTC programme in close consultation with the WMO and ESCAP Secretariats. PTC Secretariat keeps in close contact with PTC Members and other relevant organizations by carrying out the day‑to‑day coordination of all related activities undertaken at the request of the PTC.  The PTC Secretariat reports to the PTC at regular intervals on the progress of the work it undertakes.

The Technical Support Unit of PTC (renamed as PTC Secretariat during 36th session of PTC, Muscat, Oman, 2-6 March, 2009) was initially hosted by Thailand and was located in the premises of Thai Meteorological Department, Bangkok, Thailand. However, since 2000, it has been hosted by Pakistan and located in the premises of Pakistan Meteorological Department at Met. Complex, Pitras Bukhari Road, Sector H-8/2, Islamabad.

The current staff of PTC Secretariat (PTCS) is composed of the following:

►  Dr. Ghulam Rasul, Secretary of PTC
►  Mr. Imran Akram, Meteorologist of PTCS


Specifically, to the extent that its available resources permit, its functions are as follows:

  1. Advise and assist Members in the planning and execution of the Panel's programmes;

  2. Seek information regularly from Panel Members concerning their cyclone monitoring procedures ‑ particularly related to the regional cyclone operational plan ‑ e.g. current operational status of cyclone detection radar, collection and relay of national data on GTS, and general items which may be useful for the promotion of the WMO Tropical Cyclone Programme (TCP);

  3. Follow up decisions of Panel meetings and related activities such as those concerning other regional tropical cyclone bodies, or the General Component of the WMO TCP;

  4. Disseminate technical information on tropical cyclone operations and research, and reports of cyclone occurrences considered to be of interest to Panel Members;

  5. Undertake missions to other Panel Member countries, or elsewhere, as and when requested by PTC Members or WMO;

  6. Edit and publish issues of Panel News. Assist in the collection and preparation of material to be included in the documentation for the annual Panel session;

  7.  Attend and participate in the annual session of the Panel;

  8. Process and take necessary action promptly on correspondence from Panel Members, WMO, and other sources.

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for the Bay of Bengal & the Arabian Sea