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5th International Maritime Security Conference 2017

16 May, Changi Exhibition Centre

"Safe and Secure Seas: A Vision for a Maritime Region"

As a maritime region, the safety and security of sea lanes in the Asia-Pacific are critical to the region’s continued growth and prosperity. Recognising the increasing complexity and uncertainty of threats and challenges to the maritime domain, it is imperative for naval forces in the Asia Pacific to work together to build trust, strengthen cooperation and promote an open and effective regional security architecture for regional peace and stability. The 5th International Maritime Security Conference, with the theme Safe and Secure Seas: A Vision for a Maritime Region, brings together naval practitioners from around the world to exchange ideas and discuss ways to promote practical cooperation and enhance maritime security in the Asia-Pacific.

Time Programme
13:30 Opening Address
Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman,
Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Defence & Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
Mayor South East CDC,
Singapore
13:45 Panel 1 – "Pursuing Common Maritime Objectives"
The Asia-Pacific is a region with diverse histories, cultures and interests. At the same time, there is a high level of interdependence and interconnectedness due to common reliance on the seaborne trade and commerce. The panel will facilitate discussions on the changing security and strategic landscape, and the evolving threats and challenges in the maritime domain. It will identify common objectives for a maritime Asia-Pacific, and how these can be achieved through cooperative arrangements and regional frameworks that enhance understanding, confidence and trust.

Speakers:
RADM Lai Chung Han, Chief of Navy, Republic of Singapore Navy

ADM John Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations, United States Navy

ADM Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff, Indian Navy

ADM Sir Philip Jones, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, Royal Navy

Moderator:
Dr Joseph Liow, Dean and Professor of Comparative and International Politics at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore

Plenary Discussion 1
15:10 Tea Break
15:25 Panel 2 – "Responding to Transnational Maritime Security Threats"
The panel will facilitate discussions on the widening array of transnational maritime threats that naval forces in the Asia-Pacific are increasingly being called upon to address, beyond their traditional roles of security and defence. These include sea robbery and piracy, illegal fishing and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, as well as the growing concern of the nexus between maritime crime and the spread of militant extremism and terrorism. The panel will discuss the effectiveness of existing mechanisms and identify ways to promote practical solutions to address transnational threats to maritime safety and security.

Speakers:
VADM Timothy Barrett, Chief of Navy, Royal Australian Navy
ADM Yutaka Murakawa, Chief of Staff, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
ADM Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarulzaman bin Hj Ahmad Badaruddin, Chief of Navy, Royal Malaysian Navy
RADM John Martin, Chief of Navy, Royal New Zealand Navy

Moderator:
Dr Joseph Liow, Dean and Professor of Comparative and International Politics at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore

Plenary Discussion 2
16:50 Closing Remarks
Ambassador H.E. Ong Keng Yong,
Executive Deputy Chairman, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS);
Director, Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS);
Singapore
17:00 End of IMSC

*Programme subjected to change

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