RBAF, MinDef gear up for November Defence Chiefs meet
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
FINAL preparations are in place for the upcoming Asia-Pacific Chiefs of Defence Conference (CHOD) scheduled to be hosted by the Ministry of Defence in November this year.
The Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) Commander, Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Major General Dato Paduka Seri Mohd Tawih Abdullah, mentioned to The Brunei Times that preparations are well underway and that Brunei will co-host CHOD together with the US Pacific Command.
This, he said, will bring together top military officials from across the Asia-Pacific region.
A large number of Commanders and Chiefs of Staff are expected to convene in Brunei for the conference, where they are slated to discuss mutual security challenges, improve relations and foster security cooperation.
Initiated in 1998, CHOD serves as a platform for nurturing trust among countries in the region and enhancing security ties through the exchange of opinions on regional security and bilateral dialogues.
His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, in his titah at the RBAF 53rd anniversary celebration last May, announced that the annual conference will be held in Brunei this year.
The Defence Minister and RBAF Supreme Commander in his titah said hosting CHOD will help to facilitate efforts towards building regional military cooperation.
A closed-door final planning conference to review planning updates and discussion was conducted for CHOD yesterday at the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (SHHBIDS) at the Bolkiah Garrison.
The Brunei Times