Vietnam Coast Guard Enhances International Cooperation
|The Vietnam Coast Guard practices joint search and rescue plan at sea. Photo: VNA|
The Vietnam Coast Guard has exerted great efforts to strengthen international cooperation in the fight against violations and crimes at sea, and actively expanded international cooperation with countries having strong law enforcement forces at sea and partners.
The improvement of international cooperation efficiency has helped the force better perform its tasks, contributing to maintaining a peaceful and stable environment for the building and protection of the Fatherland.
The force signed cooperation agreements with its counterparts in many countries in the region, including Cambodia, Indonesia and Malaysia (2019), enabling the implementation of many joint activities, including those to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
In the first half of 2022, the force worked with local authorities, and domestic and foreign competent agencies to arrest 29 IUU violation cases involving 48 ships and 326 fishermen.
They also applied administrative punishments on 178 vessels that contributed VND 382 million (USD 16,000) to the State budget.
To obtain such results, it has strengthened its law enforcement efforts, such as patrolling, inspecting, and controlling key sea areas and introducing solutions to effectively coordinate with functional forces in preventing and fighting crimes like smuggling, commercial fraud, and the illegal transportation of goods at sea.
It also regularly conducts activities to raise public awareness of legal policies, especially the provisions of the Law on the Vietnam Coast Guard, in order to help fishermen understand more about State management of the protection of national sovereignty and contribute to maintaining security, order, and the safety of the sacred seas and islands of the Fatherland.
|The Vietnam Coast Guard and the Cambodia National Committee for Maritime Security met in Hanoi on October 4 to discuss their hotline mechanism, which has helped them sustain contacts despite Covid-19. Photo: VNA|
Along with strengthening cooperation with regional countries, the force has expanded its partnership to other countries with strong law enforcement forces at sea, including the US, Japan, India, and the Republic of Korea, mobilising their support in equipment and training activities, thus improving its capacity.
Notably, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Japan Coast Guard jointly held a training course for Vietnamese coast guards in Phu Quoc from August 15-17, aiming to to improve their maritime law enforcement capacity for the Vietnam Coast Guard and enhance exchanges, cooperation and mutual understanding between the two countries in general, and the Vietnam Coast Guard and the Japan Coast Guard in particular.
Visits and exchanges between the Vietnam Coast Guard with their Indian and Japanese partners have helped enhance the prestige of the force in the region and the world.
|The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Japan Coast Guard jointly hold a training course for Vietnamese coast guards in Phu Quoc from August 15-17. Photo: JICA|
Meanwhile, the force has shown positive and responsible engagement in multilateral mechanisms and forums, including the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP), the Heads of Asian Coast Guard Agencies Meeting (HACGAM), the Southeast Asia Maritime Law Enforcement Initiative (SEAMLEI), the Coast Guard Global Summit (CGGS), and activities within the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
In the time to come, the force will continue to promote partnerships with its counterparts in other countries, especially those in the region, neighbouring countries and traditional partners, spreading a message of cooperation, development and integration.
|Four fishermen rescued 10 days after a shipwreck off the central province of Binh Thuan were safely brought to Squadron 32 Port in Ninh Hoa town of Khanh Hoa province by a Vietnam Coast Guard ship. Photo: VNA|
|Vietnam Coast Guard vessel 8001 operating in Truong Sa. Photo: VNA|
|The Vietnam Coast Guard (VCG) High Command fights illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Photo: VNA|
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