Brunei Darussalam is hosting the 2nd Regional Jungle Warfare Symposium which is jointly organised by the Royal Brunei Armed Forces and the British Forces in the country. Speaking at the symposium's launch yesterday morning, the Joint Force Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces explained the symposium gives the participants the opportunity to study various specific security threats and challenges with special focus on irregular activities such as terrorism. Brigadier General (Udara) Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sahat highlighted that reports indicate the jungle has become a good training ground for the perpetrators of such activities.
The 4-day event consists of keynote presentations and discussions with topics ranging from potential security threats and trends to collective capacity-building for jungle-oriented operations. The symposium also serves as an avenue towards building cooperation in information exchanges and to promote future collaborations in training and multilateral exercises among the participating countries. Thirteen countries are participating, namely Australia, France, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam, the United Kingdom, the United States and the host nation which strives to be a Centre of Excellence for Jungle Warfare. Also present was His Excellency Richard Lindsay, the British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam. This year's theme is, 'Countering Current And Future Threats'.
Source: Radio Television Brunei