01 October, 2015
Australia’s maritime co-operation with Indonesia has been enhanced by high-level meetings
in Canberra this week.
The Australian Border Force (ABF) hosted a delegation from the Indonesia Coast
Guard (Badan Keamanan Laut – BAKAMLA).
The establishment of a joint Civil Maritime Enforcement and Security Partnership
(CMESP) between the two organisations was discussed by ABF Commissioner Roman
Quaedvlieg and BAKAMLA Chief Vice Admiral D.A. Mamahit and an agreement was
reached to proceed.
The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton said Australia was
working with Indonesia on initiatives that would boost law enforcement and
border protection cooperation in our region.
“Strong inter-country links such as these improve border security across the
Asia-Pacific and are vital for regional prosperity and I look forward to
continued engagement with our Indonesian colleagues,” Mr Dutton said.
“CMESP is a vital step forward, which will assist our two nations to mitigate a range
of maritime security threats including illegal, unregulated and unreported
fishing, transnational organised crime including people smuggling, piracy and
the threat of maritime terrorism.”
The ABF and BAKAMLA are now working jointly to progress CMESP ahead of the next
joint operational patrols and the Maritime Security Desktop Exercise in early
2016. The CMESP also involves information and intelligence sharing, training
and capacity building.