SINGAPORE, May 20, 2015 - (ACN Newswire) - Minister of State for Defence Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman officiated at the opening ceremony of the 4th International Maritime Security Conference (IMSC) at the Changi Exhibition Centre this morning. Themed "Safe and Secure Seas - Strengthening Maritime Cooperation", this year's conference featured eight speakers who touched on the importance of ensuring the safety, security and success of the international maritime system, and the need to embrace a cooperative security approach to create critical capabilities to address a widening array of threats. The conference saw some 350 participants, including navy and air force chiefs, coast guard directors-general and leading maritime academics.
In his opening address, Dr Maliki highlighted, "We have the opportunity to tap on the diverse and extensive expertise of stakeholders and prominent members of the international maritime community present today. We can leverage on this shared wisdom and ask ourselves how we can build stronger linkages in cooperation through multilateral cooperation."
Permanent Secretary (Defence Development) Major-General (NS) Ng Chee Khern also officiated at the opening of the International Naval Engineering Conference @ International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference Asia 2015 ([email protected] Asia 2015) in the afternoon. Held at the Changi Exhibition Centre, some 200 attendees from more than 20 countries came together to discuss topics on naval technology that are of interest to defence and maritime security, such as multiplying effect, flexible platforms, underwater technology and effective support solutions. The conference theme for this year was "Adapt and Transform - Flexible Capability in an Uncertain Environment".
These conferences were conducted in conjunction with the International Maritime Defence Exhibition (IMDEX) Asia 2015. The IMSC was jointly hosted by the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) with the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and Experia Events. The [email protected] Asia 2015 was co-organised by Experia Events and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST), and supported by the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) and the RSN.
In addition, opening ceremonies were also conducted for two bilateral exercises that the RSN is participating in separately with the People's Liberation Army (Navy) and the Indian Navy on the sidelines of IMDEX Asia. These two exercises aim to strengthen bilateral ties and enhance mutual understanding and friendship between personnel of the participating navies.
Please see transcripts of the MINDEF addresses at www.mindef.gov.sg/content/imindef/press_room/official_releases.html.
About IMDEX Asia
Established in 1997, the biennial IMDEX Asia is the premier international maritime defence show in Asia Pacific and beyond. IMDEX Asia comprises an exhibition, strategic conferences, and a warships display. It has gained recognition as the global platform to address pressing issues within the naval and maritime defence industry, showcase the latest naval technologies and connect key players from navies, governments and industry. A must-attend show in the international maritime defence calendar, IMDEX Asia 2015 will be the tenth in the series and will be held from 19 - 21 May.
IMDEX Asia is organised by Experia Events with the support of the Republic of Singapore Navy, the Defence Science and Technology Agency, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre and the Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau. For more information on IMDEX Asia 2015, please visit www.imdexasia.com.
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