Head delegates pose for a photo at the forum. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyễn Sơn
ĐÀ NẴNG — The 9th ASEAN Maritime Forum (AMF-9) opened in the central city of Đà Nẵng on Thursday, drawing more than 50 delegates from the 10 ASEAN countries and the ASEAN Secretariat.
In his remarks at the opening ceremony, Vũ Hồ, director of the ASEAN Department under the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said maritime security co-operation is always a high priority in ASEAN co-operation and in ties between ASEAN and its partners.
The contents of co-operation 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 complex situation at sea, the AMF needs to review co-operation activities, identify difficulties and discuss measures to enhance co-operation in ensuring marine security, Hồ said.
In addition, he suggested the countries propose solutions to enhance the role of the AMF and the Expanded ASEAN Maritime Forum (EAMF) in promoting constructive dialogue, co-ordination and co-operation 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 co-ordinate regarding maritime co-operation.
Following AMF-9, the 7th EAMF will take place on Friday with the participation of government officials from the 10 ASEAN countries and eight partners, namely Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Russia and the US. — VNS