WELCOME ADDRESS BY MR. LAM YI YOUNG CHIEF EXECUTIVE, MARITIME AND PORT AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE 2ND CO-OPERATION FORUM 2009 GRAND COPTHORNE WATERFRONT HOTEL WEDNESDAY, 14 OCTOBER 2009, 9.30AM
Mr Raymond Lim
Minister for Transport and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs
Mr Sunaryo, Director General, Indonesian Directorate General of Sea Transportation,
Dato' Captain Ahmad Othman, Director General of Marine, Marine Department Malaysia,
Mr Koji Sekimizu, Director, Maritime Safety Division of the International Maritime Organisation,
Heads of Delegations,
Ladies and gentlemen
A very good morning.
1 On behalf of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, I am pleased to welcome you to the 2nd Cooperation Forum.
2 The Co-operation Forum is one of the three main components of the Co-operative Mechanism framework. It provides a platform for all interested stakeholders - the littoral states, the key user states and other stakeholders of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore - to meet and discuss issues of navigational safety and marine environment protection in the Straits.
3 MPA is honoured to have the privilege of organising this important event this year and we are heartened by your participation here today. It is a clear indication of the importance that you attach to the Straits of Malacca and Singapore, and the value you place on ensuring safety of navigation and protection of marine environment.
4 I am very pleased to note that we have some 140 delegates from 22 countries and 11 organisations attending this event today. Thank you very much for your participation and your support of the Co-operation Forum and the Co-operative Mechanism.
5 I am sure that all of us present here today share a collective interest and commitment in ensuring that the Straits of Malacca and Singapore remain safe, secure and open to all, so that trade that is critical to the world's economy can carry on uninterrupted and unimpeded. Our presence in this Forum to exchange views and ideas on how to ensure this access amply demonstrates our collective interest and commitment.
6 The Co-operative Mechanism has indeed received strong endorsement and support since its launch in 2007. Representing a historic milestone for the international maritime community when it was launched, the progress made by the Co-operative Mechanism brings into further realisation the spirit of Article 43 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea or UNCLOS. This Article calls for co-operation amongst user States and coastal States in the maintenance of straits used for international navigation, of which the Straits of Malacca and Singapore is one.
7 We have a full agenda and our work cut out for us over the next two days. We can expect to receive updates on the key developments in the various Straits projects; such as wreck removal, the maintenance of Aids to Navigation in the Straits, as well as Hazardous and Noxious Substances (HNS) preparedness and response. This is just to name a few.
8 Finally, let me once again welcome all delegates to the 2nd Co-operation Forum and wish you two days of very fruitful discussion. For our friends from overseas, welcome to Singapore. I hope that besides work, you will also find time to enjoy the sights, sounds and taste of Singapore.
9 Thank you.