Japan-Singapore Joint APEC Seminar on Securing Maritime Trade through Counter-Terrorism Efforts
March 17, 2010
- The Japan-Singapore Joint APEC Seminar on Securing Maritime Trade through Counter-Terrorism Efforts will be held in Tokyo on March 18 (Thu) and 19 (Fri), 2010.
- This seminar originated from Japan and Singapore’s joint initiative in order to further contribute in the area of counter-terrorism under the APEC framework. Taking into account that Japan is chairing APEC this year while Singapore chaired it last year, both countries decided to cooperate to hold a joint APEC Seminar focusing on how counter-terrorism efforts can help to promote secure trade in the APEC region.
- As the APEC Chair, Japan will take the lead in this seminar being chaired by Mr. Katsuro Nagai, Director for International Counter-Terrorism Cooperation Division, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Officials from all APEC member economies and experts in this field from the United Nations Office of Drug and Crimes (UNODC) will also attend this seminar.
- This seminar intends to firstly recognize the current terror threats and vulnerabilities in the security of maritime trade and its impact on the general maritime trading situation. It will also discuss existing security measures to enhance the security of maritime trade including multilateral programmes and initiatives as well as international agreements and protocols. The intent is to highlight the requirements of economies to implement and comply with these various efforts, and to assist economies to identify capacity gaps in doing so. Participants are expected to exchange views on capacity building assistance that benefits these efforts.
- On this occasion, Mr. Kiyoshi Araki, Ambassador in Charge of International Counter-Terrorism Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan will host a welcoming reception on the evening of March 18.