Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Hiroyasu Izumi has reiterated the importance of cooperation among the members of Asian coast guard agencies and organisations to promote safe and secure shipping in the region, as well as good order and law enforcement at sea.
He also introduced Japan’s assistance to enhance maritime law enforcement capacity and disaster prevention in various countries such as grant aid to provide rescue boats to Bangladesh Coast Guard.
The Japanese Ambassador made the remarks at a reception on the occasion of the visit of Commandant, Japan Coast Guard, Admiral Shuichi Iwanami held at his official residence recently.
The Commandant of Japan Coast Guard attended the 14th Head of Asian Coast Guard Agencies Meeting (HACGAM) being held in Dhaka on October 23-27 hosted by Bangladesh Coast Guard, said the Japanese Embassy in Dhaka.
HACGAM members from 17 countries and a region, including Director General, Bangladesh Coast Guard (BCG) Rear Admiral AMMM Aurangzeb Chowdhury, were present.
The HACGAM aims at the construction and development of capacities in coast guard organisations for the whole region on maritime security and safety.
The HACGAM was first held in 2004 based on a proposal by Japan, and has been held almost every year since then.