Maritime Institute of Malaysia

Building Trust Through Functional Cooperation

2014 East China Sea Peace Forum
Taipei, Taiwan

The East China Sea, encompassing the littoral areas of China, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea is embroiled in a maritime boundary dispute which has created security concerns in the region. As resolution of disputes may take time, steps have been underway to reduce tension and foster peaceful resolution of disputes. Disputes are generally settled through negotiation, mediation, arbitration or litigation.  In 2012, President Ma of Taiwan proposed the two-stage East China Sea Peace Initiative (ECSPI).

The East China Sea

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Introducing environmental and resources cooperation into the disputes management equation

25 – 26 July 2014    
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam  

The South China Sea is one of the world’s busiest sea-lane in traffic volume accommodating more than half of the world’s super tankers and USD 5.3 trillion in annual trade. Conflicts over maritime boundaries and attempts to unilaterally impose territorial claims in the area have however been causing tension, threatening regional peace and security, freedom of navigation, as well as affecting the livelihood of thousands of fishermen.       

The forum organised by the Ton Duc Thang University in Ho Chi Minh City, titled ‘International Conference on East Sea...

Adopting a national framework on ecosystem approach fisheries management (EAFM)

National EAFM Technical Working Group Meeting No. 1/2014  

Malaysia is fast moving towards the adoption of an ecosystem approach to fisheries management (EAFM). EAFM is defined as “an approach to fisheries management and development that strives to balance diverse societal objectives, by taking into account the knowledge and uncertainties about biotic, abiotic, and human components of ecosystems and their interactions and applying an integrated approach to fisheries within ecologically meaningful boundaries”. The approach calls for more sustainable ecosystem fisheries management to replace conventional practices. While Malaysia has already implemented ecosystem based management for fisheries over the years, the new...

Visit by the regional ASEAN-German Technical Cooperation programme representatives

MIMA welcomed Ms Franca Sprong-Wijnreder, Project Director of the ASEAN-German Technical Cooperation on Sustainable Port Development in the ASEAN region (based at the GIZ office in Thailand) and colleague on 16 July 2014. This meeting was a follow-up to the 3rd Regional Course Developers Workshop on ASEAN-German International Technical Cooperation on Cities, Environment and Transport Programme in Manila from 7th -11th July and recent communications between MIMA and the GIZ.

Ms Franca Sprong-Wijnreder from the ASEAN-GIZ programme signing the visitor’s book at MIMA

The meeting discussed issues and cooperative opportunities in areas such as sustainable port...

Creating Port Centres of Excellence through the Johor Port Development Policy Blueprint

Johor Bahru

The signing of the Johor Port Authority MOUs on collaboration for establishing Port Centres of Excellence and launch of the Port Development Blueprint for Johor marked the culmination of initiatives undertaken by the Federal and State authorities and industry to transform Johor into an advanced and industrial state.

Drafted by the Johor Port Authority, the Port Development Policy Blueprint Johor 2014-2025 is a collaboration between the public and private sectors as to address port interface issues on spatial planning, hinterland connectivity and overall industry development. The comprehensive and inclusive nature of the policy initiatives promotes...