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Strengthening maritime security cooperation with Indonesia
Australia’s security partnership with Indonesia has been boosted by the launch of a joint maritime enforcement training capability in Indonesia today by Australian Border Force Commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg.
During a visit to the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation (JCLEC) in Semarang, the Commissioner said the initiative would support and deliver training in vessel search techniques, risk assessments, international law and operational planning.
JCLEC is managed jointly by the Indonesian National Police and the Australian Federal Police.
“The establishment of this capability within the JCLEC is another sign of the strong co-operation between our two nations to deliver maritime security in our region,” Commissioner Quaedvlieg said.
Australia and Indonesia have a long history of cooperation on such issues, expected to be formalised later this year in a civil maritime enforcement and security partnership.
The partnership would boost existing bilateral arrangements by establishing a framework under which further joint maritime security initiatives and cooperation can be negotiated, delivered and assessed.
“The maritime training capability launched today is just one element of this partnership programme. Other proposed initiatives include offering scholarships for Indonesian officials to study at Australian institutions, an officer exchange program, and an expansion of a current regional Maritime Security Desktop Exercise (MSDE) program,” Commissioner Quaedvlieg said.
The ABF is also working to build closer ties with Indonesia Coast Guard (BAKAMLA) through the development of a Memorandum of Understanding to formalise cooperation between the two agencies.
“The MoU will build on our existing strong program of coordinated maritime patrols and port visits, regional and fisheries vessel search training, and regional desktop exercises. A very successful coordinated patrol was held earlier this year and we look forward to more,” Commissioner Quaedvlieg said.
“These activities support our joint commitment to combat maritime threats such as illegal exploitation of natural resources, maritime terrorism, marine pollution and trans-national crime.”