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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INDO-PACIFIC - The New Maritime Geopolitical Theater

24 October 2019
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur

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YB Senator Liew Chin Tong (centre) and Acting Director-General Dr Rizal Abd Kadir together with distinguished speakers and moderators at the opening session.

 

The Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA), with support from the Embassy of Japan and the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, hosted an International Conference on the Indo-Pacific on October 24, 2019, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Attended by government agencies, embassies and academia, the discourse gathered a total of 150 participants.

The conference comprised three sessions aimed at analyzing the framework and strategic developments of the Indo Pacific, addressing its challenges and opportunities, as well as highlighting the need to abide rule of law in relation to the Indo-Pacific. Discussions also covered how countries have embraced the Indo-Pacific as a policy framework as well as to enhance safety and security in the region.

In his opening speech, H.E. Makio Miyagawa, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia emphasized the cruciality in uplifting governance, democracy, and the rule of law through maritime cooperation. He acknowledged ASEAN’s role as a vital nucleus of regional cooperation through political security and the economic sphere. He also highlighted that ASEAN has initiated the Indo-Pacific Outlook as guidance to stand on a solid base of values and virtues. Japan will continue to cooperate with ASEAN countries in this initiative, particularly in the promotion of the rule of law, the pursuit of economic prosperity, and commitment for peace and stability.

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H.E. Makio Miyagawa delivering his opening speech

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YB Senator Liew Chin Tong, Deputy Minister of Defence Malaysia

During his keynote address, YB Senator Liew Chin Tong, Deputy Minister of Defence Malaysia noted that the promotion of the idea of Indo-Pacific reminded Malaysia of the importance of the maritime domain. He alluded that as ASEAN sets out its Outlook on the Indo-Pacific, it is an important gesture to the world who would like to see Indo-Pacific as an inclusive vision that bring everyone together.

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 Michael Growder delivering a luncheon talk

During a luncheon talk, Michael Growder, Australian Acting High Commissioner to Malaysia spoke about how ASEAN has to maintain its centrality and emphasized the principles of the ASEAN Outlook: respect for sovereignty, inclusivity, and openness.

 

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Dr. Rizal Abdul Kadir delivered his closing remarks

In his closing remarks, Dr. Rizal noted that the presentations have highlighted the importance of having an agreed definition of Indo-Pacific. Dr. Rizal rallied the voices of all parties, calling for consistency in adhering to the rule of law in the region.

Among the takeaways from the conference is that there is a need for a better outcome and a deeper understanding of the Indo-Pacific concept. The second session analyzed comprehensive perspectives on maritime security cooperation to address interlinked issues in the Indo Pacific region especially on maritime security threats. Finally, there is also a need to emphasize the ASEAN-led mechanism’s multilateralism in engaging global major players in active dialogue and cooperation.

MIMA hopes that the new perspectives and fresh ideas presented in this discourse will contribute to a more meaningful and promising peace and stability in the Indo- Pacific region.



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