BATAM, KOMPAS.com - Indonesia and Singapore agreed to intensify maritime surveillance by establishing coordinated border patrols to tackle customs issues and the trade in illegal goods in the maritime border areas of both nations.
The agreement was made by Indonesia's Directorate General of Customs and Excise (DJBC) and the Singapore Police Coast Guard (SPCG) during a Rendezvous at Sea meeting held in the Singapore Strait on Wednesday, Sept. 28, said the Head of Batam Customs Enforcement and Investigation Sisprian Subiaksono in a statement on Thursday, Sept. 29.
“The 2022 Rendezvous at Sea has recorded a long series of achievements in cooperation between the DJBC and SPCG, starting from the signing of a memorandum of understanding in 2020, the first Rendezvous at Sea in 2021, and the signing of the SOP for coordinated sea border patrol cooperation in 2022. Now, the Rendezvous at Sea organized in September 2022 is the second one,” Subiaksono said as quoted by State News Antara.
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As one of the international trade routes, the maritime border area between Indonesia and Singapore requires tighter supervision, he added.
Synergy and collaboration between DGCE and SPCG are required to maintain and supervise the waters of the Singapore Strait which is bustling with international maritime activities owing to its strategic location that connects two continents and two oceans.
In addition to discussing the area of operation, the meeting also discussed operational technicalities, including operational simulations and coordinated patrols for phase I and coordinated patrols for phase II, he added.
Meanwhile, the Head of Enforcement and Operational Facilities for the Riau Islands Special Regional Office I Wayan Sapta Darma deemed it crucial to continually conduct coordinated maritime border patrols.
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"This year, we discussed the implementation of coordinated patrols that have been conducted well between SPCG and DJBC," he stated.