PEHIN Datu Pekerma Jaya Major General Dato Paduka Seri Mohd Tawih bin Abdullah, Commander of Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF), attended the inaugural of South and Southeast Asian Nations (SASEAN) Defence Chiefs’ Dialogue 2014 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, to discuss regional peace and security.
The SASEAN forum was a conclave of Defence Chiefs held from November 27-29 hosted by Sri Lanka at the Kingsbury Hotel.
As part of the SASEAN programme, the Commander of RBAF chaired one of the dialogues in SASEAN 2014 with three other heads of the SASEAN delegations – India, Sri Lanka and Maldives.
The first session of the SASEAN Defence Chiefs’ Dialogue focused on promoting regional peace and stability through dialogue and cooperation in the spheres of defence and security, promoting mutual trust and confidence through greater understanding of defence and security challenges as well as contributing to the establishment of a SASEAN Security Community.
The theme for the SASEAN Defence Chiefs’ Dialogue 2014 was ‘Promoting Security Through Dialogue and Cooperation’. This is expected to reinforce the vision of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA).
The demographic and economic dynamics, particularly in South and Southeast Asia, are in rapid transition, propelling the region into geopolitical prominence. Asia will be the most populous region in the world by 2050. It will be complemented by a youth bulge which will have an exponential impact on security and stability in the region.
The rapid growth in the Asian economies will also regenerate the expansion of trade and transfer of resources in and out of the region. This resurgence will exert a pull on the geo-strategic interests of extra regional powers.
At the sidelines of the dialogue, the Commander of RBAF held bilateral courtesy meetings with four Heads of the SASEAN delegations from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan and India.