Sri Lanka Coast Guard (SLCG) was privileged to host the 15th Heads of Asian Coast Guard Agencies Meeting (HACGAM) – 2019, which was comprised with two (02) main events; the Working Level Meeting (WLM) and the High Level Meeting (HLM).
The HACGAM is a high-level multilateral meeting of Coast Guards and Maritime Law Enforcement Agencies to ensure the safe, secure and cleaner seas in Asian region through collaboration and partnerships. This regional forum was originated by the initiatives of Japan in 2004 with the aim of enhancing interoperability among regional stakeholders in combating common challenges threatening regional maritime domain in traditional and non-traditional formats. The HACGAM has four pillars that member agencies make cooperative and proactive efforts to achieve desired organizational goals namely
By which it facilitates addressing broader spectrum of maritime issues while strengthening and developing own capabilities.
The WLM was conducted from 08th – 11th July 2019 at Colombo with the participation of representatives from 15 member countries namely Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam whereas ReCAAP-ISC participated as an associated member and France, Bali Process and UNODC were participated as observers while France marked their presence for the first time in HACGAM.
The HLM was conducted from 07th – 10th October 2019 at Colombo with participation of Coast Guard Chiefs from twenty two (22) member states; Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brunei-Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippine, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam, its associate member; Re-CAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC) and three observer organizations ; Bali Process, France and UNODC.