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Chattogram Correspondent
The High Level Meeting (HLM) of 14th Heads of Asian Coast Guard Agencies Meeting (HACGAM) was held from 23-27 October at a hotel in Dhaka.
Bangladesh Coast Guard hosted the biggest maritime agencies meeting of Asia-Pacific region and beyond represented by Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong (China), India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Turkey, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam and Bahrain. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the ceremony on October 24 as the chief guest. Ministers, members of the parliament, high officials of government, foreign diplomats and media personnel were present on the occasion. Rear Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury, Director General Coast Guard was present as the chairperson the meeting with Japan functioning the secretariat activities of the meeting.
HACGAM aims to promote safe, secure and clean seas. It covers the strengthening of co-operation among the members within a framework of four pillars, namely search and rescue, environmental protection, preventing and controlling unlawful acts at sea and capacity building.
It recognised the importance of enhancing the cooperative relationships among the HACGAM members to reach a more practical level. The inclusion of Bahrain Coast Guard in HACGAM has further strengthened the organization. The HLM of 14th HACGAM came to an end with declaration of a joint statement.