Quad set to launch maritime security initiative to track ‘dark shipping’ in Indo-Pacific

May 24, 2022 8:46 a.m. STI

Washington [US]May 24 (ANI): Quad leaders at the Tokyo summit are set to launch a series of initiatives, including a maritime security partnership, which will allow member countries to monitor illegal fishing, track “shipping clandestine” and other tactical level activities.
“Benefit from this maritime initiative will help track black shipping and other tactical-level activities, such as rendezvous at sea, as well as improve partners’ ability to respond to climatic and humanitarian events and to protect their fisheries, which are vital to many Indo-Pacific economies,” the White House said in a press release on the sidelines of the Quad Summit.
Notably, “black ships” are vessels whose Automatic Identification System (AIS) – a transponder system – is turned off so as not to be detectable. This crucial maritime pact between the member countries of the Quad will strengthen the security apparatus of the Indo-Pacific region.
The Indo-Pacific Partnership for Maritime Domain Awareness (IPMDA) maritime initiative will deliver a near real-time, integrated and cost-effective maritime domain awareness picture, the White House added in the statement.
This initiative will transform the ability of partners in the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean region to fully police the waters off their coasts and, in turn, maintain a free Indo-Pacific. and open.
The Quad countries have pledged to help raise maritime domain awareness in the region — a fundamental requirement for peace, stability and prosperity — by investing in the five-year IPMDA, the White House said in the communicated.
The partnership will innovate on existing maritime domain awareness efforts, rapidly bringing emerging technologies to work for the greater good of the Indo-Pacific community.
IPMDA will build a faster, wider and more accurate maritime picture of near real-time activities in partner waters. This common operating picture will integrate three critical regions – the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean region – in the Indo-Pacific.
Additionally, the Quad is committed to maintaining its global leadership in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthening global health security.
“The United States will provide COVID-19 boosters and pediatric doses to countries most in need, including in the Indo-Pacific. The Biological E Ltd facility in India will continue to utilize a manufacturing capacity of expanded vaccines under the Quad Vaccine Partnership,” the White House added in the statement.
The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and EXIM India have agreed to support $100 million facilities, which will strengthen India’s healthcare sector, including global COVID-19 countermeasures capacity.
Quad leaders will also launch the Quad Fellowship, which will sponsor 100 American, Australian, Indian and Japanese students to study in the United States each year for graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The four Quad countries have significantly deepened and regularized their cooperation to address the climate crisis. Quad leaders will launch new efforts on green shipping, energy supply chains, disaster risk reduction and the exchange of climate information services.
Member countries are also committed to responsible innovation in critical and emerging technologies. Since launching the Task Force on Critical and Emerging Technologies at the Quad’s first-ever leadership-level summit in March 2021, Quad partners have mapped collective capabilities and vulnerabilities in global supply chains in semi drivers and launched the common statement of principles on the supply of critical technologies. Chains, which will provide a basis for cooperation to build supply chain resilience in the region.
At the same time, Quad partners are exploring ways to collaborate on the deployment of open and secure telecommunications technologies in the region.
The Quad also seeks to build resilience in our four countries in response to cybersecurity vulnerabilities and cyber threats with the QUAD Cybersecurity Partnership.
His areas of interest are critical infrastructure protection, led by Australia; supply chain resilience and security, led by India; workforce and talent development, led by Japan; and software security standards, led by the United States.
“As space leaders, the Quad countries are strengthening their cooperation and pooling their collective expertise to exchange satellite data, enable capacity building, and consult on standards and guidelines,” the White House added. in his press release.
To help address the huge infrastructure needs of the Indo-Pacific, Quad leaders have launched the Quad Infrastructure Coordination Group, which will deepen collaboration and pursue complementary actions, including in the areas of digital connectivity, transport, clean energy and climate resilience.
The Quad was forged following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. In recognition of this history and current threats, the Quad has established a new Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) mechanism.
The Quadrilateral Dialogue (Quad) meeting kicked off in Tokyo on Tuesday to review the progress made by the four member countries. The Tokyo Summit is the Quad Leaders’ fourth interaction since their first virtual meeting in March 2021, the in-person Summit in Washington DC in September 2021, and the virtual meeting in March 2022.
Quad Cooperation is rooted in the shared values ​​of democracy, international law and a rules-based international order and in a vision for a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific. (ANI)