law enforcement and regulatory officers from 15 countries gathered in Yangon,
Myanmar on September four to participate in a three-day capacity building
workshop organised by ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC) and hosted by its
Myanmar Focal Point, the Myanmar Navy. The participants are from the Focal
Points of 14 ReCAAP Member States and from the maritime law enforcement agency
of Malaysia. Focal Points are the government agencies designated by ReCAAP
Member States to be the primary points-of-contact for the ReCAAP information
building workshop will feature sharing by local government authorities
including the Myanmar Navy, the Myanmar Maritime Police Force and the Myanmar
Department of Maritime Administration addressing issues such as inter-agency
coordination and port and ship security. In addition, the Bangladesh Coast
Guard, the Thailand Maritime Enforcement Coordinating Centre (Thai-MECC), the
Philippine Coast Guard, and the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA)
will present case studies from their respective experiences.
ReCAAP ISC will
explain the latest situation of piracy and sea robbery in Asia as well as the
roles and functions of ReCAAP Focal Points, while the Centre for International
Law at the National University of Singapore will deliver a lecture on
international maritime law and piracy-related regulations. Table top exercises
on incident reporting by ReCAAP Focal Points and group discussions on timely
and accurate information sharing will be also conducted during the workshop.
While the piracy
and sea robbery situation in Asia saw an overall improvement from January to
June 2018 compared to the same period over the past ten years, areas of concern
remain. As Focal Points of ReCAAP Member States play a primary role for timely
and accurate information sharing on piracy and sea robbery, ReCAAP ISC will
continue to build the capability of its Focal Points to effectively deal with
maritime crimes for the safety of maritime transport and well-being of
seafarers,” said Masafumi Kuroki, Executive Director of ReCAAP ISC.
participating in the ReCAAP ISC Capacity Building Workshop in Yangon, Myanmar
include 14 ReCAAP Member States (Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Japan,
Korea, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the
United States, and Vietnam) and Malaysia.