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6th SOUTH CHINA SEA CONFERENCE (SCS) 2017 AND MALAYSIA INTERNATIONAL MARINE EXPO (MIMEX) 2017

6th SOUTH CHINA SEA CONFERENCE (SCS) 2017
AND
MALAYSIA INTERNATIONAL MARINE EXPO (MIMEX) 2017

“Forging a Shared Future in the South China Sea”

PWTC

4 and 5 October 2017

 SCS6 PWTC

The Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA) hosted the 6th South China Sea Conference (SCS Conference) in Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur from 4-5 October 2017. MIMA also collaborated with NRG Exhibition (M) Sdn. Bhd to organize the inaugural Malaysia International Marine Expo (MIMEX) which was held in conjunction with the conference.

The Chairman of MIMA, Vice Admiral Tan Sri Dato Seri Ahmad Ramli Nor delivered the welcoming remarks. He welcomed moderators, speakers and participants from near and afar, and hoped that the flagship MIMA South China Sea Conference series will be useful to government agencies, think tanks, scholars, private industries and the general community. He mentioned the move by MIMA to develop the Young Maritime Leaders programme to nurture undergraduates in safeguarding the oceans and seas.

The Keynote Address was delivered by the Honourable Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Datuk NurJazlan Mohamed. In his address, the Minister noted that in line with the conference theme. “Forging a Shared Future in the South China Sea”, functional cooperation can be developed on issues like transnational organized crimes i.e., maritime terrorism, piracy, illegal unregistered and unregulated (IUU) fishing, drug smuggling, human trafficking and other related crimes that use the sea as a medium. On maritime safety issues, he noted that the Search and Rescue (SAR) operation for MH 370 was a stark reminder that nations should be better prepared to address such calamities through functional cooperation. He also touched on issues relating to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG) which calls for joint efforts to sustain the ocean and marine living resources.

This year, the South China Sea conference explored wider avenues in the search for functional cooperation notwithstanding the ongoing security challenges. Speakers from the United States, United Kingdom, China, and Japan presented on great power interactions while those from ASEAN, the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia discussed opportunities for marine conservation, fisheries, and renewable energy. The ex President of Seychelles, James Alix Michel and the Netherlands representative to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) spoke on Blue Economy and Blue Growth Initiative (BGI) which have immense potential for prosperity when oceans and seas are better managed. On the final session, selected speakers shared their insights and knowledge with participants on the way ahead for the South China Sea.

SCS6 Press Conference

Datuk Nur Jazlan at the Press Conference

The Malaysia International Marine Expo (MIMEX) 2017 brought together maritime industry participants from both local and international companies who exhibited state-of-the-art show pieces in conjunction with the conference. In line with the conference’s theme, MIMA hopes that the new perspectives and fresh ideas presented in geo-political issues, security, safety, and sustainable use of the South China Sea will contribute to a more meaningful and promising shared future for the regional and international communities.

SCS6 MIMEX

Datuk Nur Jazlan at the MIMEX

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