Sin­ga­porean Min­is­ter of De­fence inaugurates IMDEX Asia 2013


Sin­ga­pore’s Min­is­ter of De­fence Dr Ng Eng Hen presided the open­ing cer­e­mony of the ninth In­ter­na­tional Mar­itime De­fence Ex­hi­bi­tion & Con­fer­ence (IMDEX) Asia 2013 at the Changi Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre, Sin­ga­pore. Sixty-one del­e­ga­tions from the navies, air forces and mar­itime en­force­ment agen­cies of 48 coun­tries and 194 ex­hibitors from around the world, are par­tic­i­pat­ing in this year’s ex­hi­bi­tion.

Speak­ing at the open­ing cer­e­mony, Dr Ng said that IMDEX Asia is “a key plat­form for de­fence pro­fes­sion­als to ex­change views and en­hance co­op­er­a­tion in the mar­itime do­main”. Not­ing the im­por­tance of seaborne trade to the global econ­omy, he stressed the need for closer col­lab­o­ra­tion by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to deal with the evolv­ing mar­itime threats, in or­der to achieve “peace­ful seas and con­tin­ued pros­per­ity for all”. Dr Ng high­lighted that coun­tries need to take a more col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach an­chored on three prin­ci­ples: First, plat­forms for dia­logue and co­op­er­a­tion had to be open and inclusive. Sec­ond, dis­agree­ments be­tween states should be set­tled peace­fully and in ac­cor­dance with in­ter­na­tional law. Fi­nally, coun­tries must strengthen prac­ti­cal co­op­er­a­tion in ar­eas of shared in­ter­est to build un­der­stand­ing, if not trust.

Af­ter the open­ing cer­e­mony, Dr Ng vis­ited some of the for­eign war­ships tak­ing part in the IMDEX Asia 2013 War­ships Dis­play at Changi Naval Base. A to­tal of 15 war­ships from nine coun­tries are tak­ing part in this year’s IMDEX Asia 2013 War­ships Dis­play, which is hosted by the Repub­lic of Sin­ga­pore Navy (RSN) from May 14 to 16, 2013.

In con­junc­tion with IMDEX Asia 2013, the RSN will also host the Mar­itime In­for­ma­tion-Shar­ing Ex­er­cise (MARISX) 2013 and the Fourth Western Pa­cific Naval Sym­po­sium Mul­ti­lat­eral Sea Ex­er­cise (4th WMSX) at the Multi­na­tional Op­er­a­tions and Ex­er­cises Cen­tre lo­cated in the Changi Com­mand and Con­trol Cen­tre.

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