The Vietnam Coast Guard (VCG) High Command will organize the first-ever 'Vietnam Coast Guard and Friends' exchange program from December 8 to 11 in Hanoi, with the participation of the VCG and the coast guard forces of six other countries.
This will be the first time the VCG High Command has held an exchange program with its counterparts from other countries in the region, especially neighboring countries and those that share maritime borders with Vietnam.
At a press conference on Thursday to introduce the program, Major General Tran Van Xuan, deputy political commissar of the VCG High Command, said the program will be attended by 500 delegates, including 70 foreigners.
Foreign organizations that will participate in the program include the National Committee for Maritime Security of Cambodia, the Chinese Coast Guard, the Maritime Security Agency of Indonesia, the Maritime Enforcement Agency of Malaysia, the Philippine Coast Guard, and the Maritime Enforcement Command Center of Thailand.
The program is aimed at realizing and effectively carrying out diplomatic policies of the Party and the state; as well as resolutions, directives, and plans of the Central Military Commission and the Ministry of National Defense on international integration and defense diplomacy this year and in the coming years.
In addition, the program will help enhance mutual understanding, trust, and consensus among maritime law enforcement agencies of countries in their cooperation, thus joining hands to build a peaceful, prosperous, and developed marine area.
|The press conference on the 'Vietnam Coast Guard and Friends' exchange program. Photo: Ha Thanh / Tuoi Tre|
In the framework of the program, bilateral meetings between the VCG and delegations of other countries will be held.
The participating foreign coast guard forces will also attend the Vietnam International Defense Exhibition 2022 and visit historical relic sites and cultural heritage in Hanoi.
Over the past several years, despite the unequal quality of officials and strict job requirements, the VCG, with its efforts, determination, and acumen, has fulfilled its international cooperation duties.
The VCG has gradually built trusted and stable cooperative relationships with the coast guard forces of many other ASEAN countries.
It has also been a contributing member with a high sense of responsibility in multilateral forums in the region and the world as a whole.
The VCG has established partnerships with counterparts in the U.S., China, Japan, South Korea, and India.
To date, the VCG has implemented cooperative documents inked with maritime law enforcement agencies of eight countries, including China, the U.S., Japan, South Korea, India, Cambodia, the Philippines, and Indonesia.
It is accelerating the signing of cooperative agreements with other countries.