New Training for Safer Seas
Multi-national gathering to institute new training program.
New Training for Safer Seas: The Heads of Asian Coast Guard Agencies Meeting
On September 30 and October 1, the Heads of Asian Coast Guard Agencies Meeting was held in Yokohama to boost regional cooperation in such fields as fighting piracy and undertaking sea rescues. Originally proposed by Japan, the meeting has been held almost every year since 2004. Coast guard heads from Bangladesh, Brunei, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam attended the meeting. Cambodia, China, South Korea, and Hong Kong also sent representatives.
A New Training Program
At the meeting the Japan Coast Guard announced a one-year training program, planned to begin in 2015, for junior officers from Asian countries. The program aims to help these officers to develop a high level of practical and applied knowledge, the ability to analyze policy and make suggestions, and the competence required to communicate in an international arena. The goal of the program is to build closer ties over the longer term among the agencies of the participating countries.
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