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Message from the Chairman of Experia Events

Mr VINCENT CHONG
Chairman
Experia Events Pte Ltd

Mr Vincent Chong

A very warm welcome to IMDEX Asia 2019.

We are all living in a highly interdependent world today. As we navigate through its increasing complexities, it is vital that naval and maritime stakeholders come together to deliberate complex naval and maritime challenges, forge multi-lateral collaborations and chart long-term solutions for Asia Pacific’s peace and security.

IMDEX Asia has evolved to become a strategic ecosystem of importance and relevance in the maritime domain. This is evidenced by the presence of 26 chiefs of defence forces and navies, vice chiefs, directors-general of coast guards; and senior naval officials who have set aside time to network and strengthen ties, share and exchange knowledge, and keep abreast of the latest technological developments at IMDEX Asia 2019.

At the heart of IMDEX Asia is the International Maritime Security Council (IMSC) which brings together more than 400 top-level officials from over 40 countries for conversations to promote mutual understanding and collaboration in Asia Pacific. On the commercial side, two business forums will expand the conversations in cybersecurity and innovation in the maritime domain. Together with 25 warships from 15 navies, and 236 participating companies showcasing their latest technologies, IMDEX Asia 2019 is certainly a hallmark of commitment towards our common goal to promote safe and secure seas and ensure mutual peace and security for all of us.

This year, we introduce two inaugural programmes: the What’s Next start-up showcase brings exciting new ideas and technologies developed by start-ups from France, India, Philippines, Singapore and the United States. The Maritime Campus, on the other hand, is a holistic programme that educates and prepares the next generation of mariners through a showcase of higher education and career opportunities in the arena.

My sincere thanks to all our stakeholders, partners, exhibitors, delegates and visitors for your continued invaluable support.

I wish you a rewarding time at IMDEX Asia 2019.

Mr Vincent Chong
Chairman
Experia Events Pte Ltd

Message from the Chief Executive of Defence Science and Technology Agency

MR TAN PENG YAM
Chief Executive
Defence Science and Technology Agency

MR TAN PENG YAM

Since its inception, IMDEX Asia has grown in scale and value as an international platform for many to share ideas and innovation and explore collaboration in defence and the maritime arena.

This year, the 12th edition of IMDEX Asia marks even greater significance as Singapore celebrates its Bicentennial, owing much of its growth to a global shipping hub since its early days as a British trading post.

My colleagues and I are thus delighted to welcome our counterparts from around the world and to join in the celebrations of Singapore’s Bicentennial. I wish all participants a fruitful IMDEX Asia 2019 and an enjoyable time here.

Message from the Executive Deputy Chairman of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

AMBASSADOR ONG KENG YONG
Executive Deputy Chairman
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

AMBASSADOR ONG KENG YONG

The Asia-Pacific maritime domain is fraught with complex security challenges and uncertainties. In this backdrop, the International Maritime Security Conference 2019 gathers key naval practitioners and prominent academics to discuss ways to promote practical security cooperation at sea, with the aim of promoting a collective vision of peace, prosperity and stability for all.

The S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) aims to assist policy makers to develop comprehensive approaches to strategic thinking on issues related to Asia-Pacific peace and stability, and their ramifications for the maritime domain. Therefore, RSIS is proud to co-host IMSC 2019 with the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN). We welcome all delegates and participants to Singapore and partake in fruitful exchanges at IMDEX Asia and IMSC 2019.

It is also opportune to highlight here that 2019 is a special year for the Information Fusion Centre (IFC) in Singapore as it turns 10. Since its formal inception in 2009, the IFC has played a pivotal role in fostering practical maritime security cooperation in the region, thereby making notable contributions towards good order at sea in the Asia-Pacific. Going forward, RSIS wishes the IFC even greater success.

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