8th Maritime Security Desktop Exercise (MSDE) held at Manado, Indonesia

The 8th Maritime Security Desktop Exercise was recently held at Manado, North Sulawesi
in Indonesia from 8 to 11 May 2017Sixteen of Indonesia’s neighbouring countries were in attendance:  Australia, Japan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Myanmar, Timor Leste, Singapore, Philippines, Pakistan, Maldives and Brunei Darussalam.

The event was initiated by the Indonesian government, the Indonesian Coast Guard Service (Bakamla Ri), the Indonesian Maritime Security Board (IMSB) and the Australian Border Force (ABF).  The main focus of the 8th MSDE was on combatting the smuggling of illegal drugs on inland and maritime waterways.

A discussion group was attended by the parties to discuss transnational crime issues at sea in the light of International Maritime Law and to deepen the understanding of law officers throughout the Asia Pacific countries.  A visit was made to Bitung port, to observe a Joint Exercise carried out by the Bakamla Ri and the National Drugs Board (BNN) with the support of the North Sulawesi Marine Police, to implement the scenarios which had been discussed during the Syndicate Group Discussion.

Thanks to the MSDE meeting, it is expected that law officers in the region will be able to cooperate better in handling transnational crimes such as drug smuggling.

Information provided by Budd Indonesia

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