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Regional Maritime Forums to Be Held in Manila
Cross-cutting maritime issues in Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will be discussed for the first time in the AMF. The participants of the forum are members of East Asia Summit (EAS), which includes the 10 ASEAN member-countries,
Meanwhile, the participants of the expanded forum will come from the government, private-sector stakeholders and academe.
The said forums will follow instructions from the 6th East Asia Summit where EAS Leaders points out the necessity of promoting maritime cooperation that includes sea piracy, search at sea, marine environment, maritime security, maritime connectivity, freedom of navigation, fisheries and other areas of cooperation.
Erlinda F. Basilio, the
The Undersecretary further emphasized, "Because East Asia has assumed a significant role in sustaining global economic growth, it is important for countries to work together to ensure that we have a safe, secure, environmentally-sound and connected seas that support our growth, economic integration and long-term stability."