The 9th ASEAN Maritime Forum (AMF-9) opened in the
central city of Da Nang on December 5, seeing the participation of more than
50 delegates from the 10 ASEAN countries and the ASEAN Secretariat.
Participants in the 9th ASEAN Maritime Forum pose for a
In his remarks at the opening ceremony, Vu Ho,
Director of the ASEAN Department under the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, affirmed that maritime security cooperation is always a high
priority in ASEAN cooperation and in the partnership between ASEAN and its
partners. He said currently, more than 10 ASEAN agencies are engaging in
marine cooperation activities.
The contents of cooperation range from ensuring
maritime security and safety, conducting search and rescue and anti-piracy
activities, and combating illegal fishing to promoting environmental
protection and dealing with plastic waste.
Given the current complicated situation at sea, the
AMF this time needs to review cooperation activities, identify difficulties
and obstacles, and discuss measures to enhance cooperation effectiveness in
ensuring marine security, Ho said.
In addition, he suggested that the countries
actively propose effective solutions to enhance the role of the AMF and the
Expanded ASEAN Maritime Forum (EAMF) in promoting constructive dialogues,
coordination and cooperation on sea-related issues in the region.
First set up in 2010, the AMF provides a venue for
ASEAN member states to hold dialogues and coordinate activities regarding
Following AMF-9, the 7th EAMF will take place on
December 6 with the participation of government officials from the 10 ASEAN
countries and 8 partners, namely Australia, China, India, Japan, New
Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Russia and the US./.