CDS inaugurates Asian Coast Guard meeting


Admiral Wijegunaratne meets foreign participants (Pic by Dharmasena Welipitiya)

Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Admiral Ravindra C. Wijegunaratne graced the inauguration Ceremony of the High Level Meeting (HLM) of the15th Heads of Asian Coast Guard Agencies Meeting (HACGAM) held yesterday (on 08th October 2019), at Galle Face Hotel, Colombo as the Chief Guest. Additional Secretary (Defence) Anuradha Wijekoon and the Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Navy, Rear Admiral Nishantha Ulugethanne were also present as the guests of honour.

 HACGAM is an international forum consisting of all major coast guard agencies in the Asian region. This vital forum was an initiative by Japan in 2004, which focuses on maritime related issues including search and rescue, environmental protection, preventing and controlling unlawful acts at sea, and capacity building.

 The HACGAM is an annual event conducted with the participation of its 22 member states; Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan, Philippine, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam, along with its associate member, ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC) and three observers; Bali Process, France and UNODC.


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