At the conference in Hanoi

The event was chaired by Lieutenant General Pham Ngoc Hung, Chief of the General Department II, and joined by leaders of military intelligence agencies of the ASEAN member countries.

In his keynote speech at the meeting, General Hung mentioned the complicated development of the COVID-19 pandemic, water security in the Mekong Sub-region, and the East Sea (South China Sea) issues.

He also talked about Vietnam’s initiative to form the ASEAN Military Intelligence Community (AMIC) in order to promote exchange, information sharing, and cooperation between ASEAN military intelligence agencies in a practical and effective manner. The AMIC will serve as an advisor to help ASEAN governments and ministries of national defense to deal with security issues, contributing to strengthening the ASEAN Community.

Head delegates joining the video-conference

At the event, head delegates exchanged and evaluated regional security situations and proposed measures to strengthen cooperation among military intelligence agencies to respond to challenges in a timely and effective manner. They also reviewed and approved AMIC concept documents and agreed on draft the Joint Declaration of the 17th ASEAN Chiefs of Defense Forces Meeting (ACDFM-17) to submit the ACDFM-17 for approval.

The ASEAN military intelligence cooperation is an important field in ASEAN military and defense cooperation and a political-security pillar of the ASEAN Community. Over the past time, the military intelligence sector has strongly developed. Particularly, various bilateral and multilateral cooperation mechanisms and initiatives were formed, contributing to creating a favorable environment for member countries to exchange information, build policies, and carry out response plans to security challenges in the region and the world. Together with the ASEAN Military Operations Meeting, the ASEAN Military Intelligence Meeting is effectively carrying out its role as the secretary of the ASEAN Chiefs of Defense Forces Meeting.

Lieutenant General Pham Ngoc Hung handing over the AMIM Chairmanship to Brunei 

At the event, General Hung handed over AMIM Chairmanship to Brunei’s representative.

The ASEAN military intelligence cooperation mechanism was first held in Malaysia in 2002 under the title, ASEAN Military Intelligence Informal Conference. Its name was changed to the ASEAN Military Intelligence Meeting in 2019.

Translated by Tran Hoai