| Ishan Ibrahim |
THE Initial Planning Conference (IPC) for Asean Defence Ministers Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus) Maritime Security and Counter Terrorism (MS & CT) Exercise commenced yesterday at the Centrepoint Hotel, Gadong and will be continued until February 6.
The meeting is co-chaired by Colonel (U) Hj Hamzah bin Hj Sahat, Joint Force Commander, Royal Brunei Armed Forces, and Brigadier General Tan Kok Ming Desmond, Director Joint Operations, Singapore Armed Forces. The meeting is attended by representatives from ADMM-Plus member states and Asean Secretariat.
At the conference, the participants were briefed on the general overview of the exercise as well as the sequence of events both in Brunei Darussalam and Singapore.
The ADMM-Plus participants also discussed the organisational structure and other exercise logistics and administration matters.
The programme schedule today will include the participants conducting site visits and a continuation of the IPC in the afternoon to discuss indications of commitments from the ADMM-Plus MS & CT Exercise.
The Royal Brunei Armed Forces and Singapore Armed Forces had held a bilateral meeting on February 2. A steering committee meeting was also convened between the Co-Chairs of the Expert Working Group (EWG) on Maritime Security and the Expert Working Group (EWG) on Counter Terrorism, which comprise Brunei Darussalam, New Zealand, Singapore and Australia.
The work plan for the conduct of the ADMM-Plus MS & CT was adopted at the Asean Defence Senior Officials’ Meeting (ADSOM) and the Asean Defence Senior Officials’ Meeting-Plus (ADSOM-Plus) in Nay Pyi Daw, Myanmar in April 2014, and further welcomed at the Asean Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Nay Pyi Daw, May 2014.
This IPC is a valued process and a clear demonstration of the strong support and commitments of the ADMM-Plus mechanism as the premiere platform in this region.
The MS & CT Ex are scheduled to take place in May 2016.