In February 2017, Global Resilience Institute Director Stephen Flynn, Assistant Director Connor Goddard, and GRI consultant Capt. John Holmes, traveled to Hong Kong and Singapore for several workshops with representatives from the global maritime supply system and experts and military officials at the University of Hong Kong and Nayang Technological University. These workshops are part of a project funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to engage public and private sector stakeholders in developing policy recommendations for smarter global nuclear nonproliferation measures.
The meetings in Hong Kong and Singapore build on an October 2016 trip to Europe where the team prepared for the Asia workshops through meetings with officials at the U.N., IAEA, World Customs Organization, and with stakeholders in the global maritime supply system. The project, which began early 2016, intends to inform the new U.S. administration’s approach to global supply system security and resilience, with an emphasis on greater public-private collaboration.
The workshops in Hong Kong and Singapore included representatives from the world’s top port terminal operators and military officials from multiple countries. Southeast Asia remains the world’s busiest hub for maritime shipping, and the ports in Hong Kong and Singapore consistently rank within the top five busiest in terms of container throughput. The project starts with the belief that engaging the owners and operators of the supply system’s infrastructure is key to the implementation of an effective security regime.
Following the workshops in Hong Kong and Singapore, the GRI team will continue to engage with industry and governments to further refine and promote an industry-led global supply system security system and to dramatically improve global counterproliferation safeguards.
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