Friday, August 28, 2009
PACIFIC ARMY CHIEFS CONFERENCE VI AND THE PACIFIC ARMIES MANAGEMENT SEMINAR XXXIII CONCLUDES
New Delhi : 05 Bhadrapada 1931
27 Aug 2009
Chief of Army Staff equivalents from 26 countries and senior staff officers from 31 countries around the Pacific and Indian Ocean regions participated in Pacific Armies Chiefs Conference VI and the Pacific Armies Management Seminar XXXIII in Tokyo, Japan. PACC is a biennial, multi-national, executive defense forum and fosters military-to-military cooperation, develops interpersonal relationships and contributes to regional dialogue and stability.
PAMS is a multinational military seminar that provides a forum for senior-level officers from the Asia Pacific's regional ground forces to exchange views and ideas. It provided an opportunity for the future leaders of the region's armies to establish and cultivate a set of strong interpersonal relationships. Catastrophic disasters are currently a major security threat in the Asia-Pacific region, where 40 percent of the world's disasters have occurred in the last 30 years. This year's PACC and PAMS was co-hosted by the Japan Ground Self Defense Force and U.S. Army. The theme for both conferences is Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief in natural and human-induced disasters. The three day conferences facilitated discussion and exchange of ideas to promote peace and stability in the region. Civil-military and interagency cooperation in disaster relief operations, and ways to increase multilateral military cooperation was also discussed.
Army Chief Gen Deepak Kapoor had bilateral meetings with the Chiefs of countries of Indian Ocean Region namely Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Nepal. Apart from the above Gen Kapoor also had meetings with Chiefs of various countries of strategic interest like Canada, Chile and South Korea.