New Delhi, 20 Feb 24: DG Rakesh Pal, AVSM, PTM, TM, Director General Indian Coast Guard is hosting a six member delegation of the Vietnam Coast Guard in India from 19-23 Feb 24.

In consonance with the provisions of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between both the Coast Guards in 2015, the 5th High Level Meeting was held at Coast Guard Headquarters, New Delhi on 20 Feb 24. The High Level Meeting was led by Inspector General Anupam Rai, Deputy Director General (Operations & Coastal Security) from the India Coast Guard side whereas the Vietnam Coast Guard side was led by Major General Ngo Binh Minh, Commander of VCG Region-3. 

The High Level Meeting focused on avenues of mutual collaboration and capacity building between the two Coast Guards in areas of Maritime Search and Rescue, Marine Pollution Response and Maritime Law Enforcement. During the meeting, both the sides agreed to strengthen the mutual cooperation in accordance with the provisions of the MoU, sharing of best practices and continuation of professional exchange to address varied challenges in the maritime domain. Both the Coast Guards agreed in furthering the cooperative engagements through impetus on continuum on regular High Level Meetings and ships visit in each other countries.

The Vietnam Coast Guard delegation is scheduled to visit M/s L&T Shipyard, Kattupalli, Chennai on 21 Feb 24 to witness India’s shipbuilding capabilities under “Atmanirbhar Bharat”.

The 5th High Level Meeting was significant in providing added impetus to the already existing professional relationship between the two Coast Guards of the region and entailed contributing to the maritime safety and security construct.

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