16 militaries have accredited International Liaison Officers or provided Points-of-Contact. Various regional and international organisations have also come on board as partners of the RHCC.
All partners of RHCC understand the importance of coming together and leaning forward to help friends in the Asia Pacific region, especially after the occurrence of natural disasters. Only by collaborating and working together, more lives can be saved and sufferings can be minimised on the onset of disaster.
Permanent Secretary (Defence) Mr Chan Heng Kee and India's Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar co-chaired the 14th Singapore-India Defence Policy Dialogue (DPD) via video conferencing this afternoon. During the DPD, Mr Chan and Dr Kumar expressed their commitment to enhance defence cooperation through greater operational collaboration between the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and Indian Armed Forces. Both sides also exchanged views on the progress of regional security cooperation under the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting (ADMM)-Plus framework.
On the sidelines of the DPD, Mr Chan and Dr Kumar witnessed the signing of the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Implementing Arrangements between Singapore's Director of the Changi Regional HADR Coordination Centre (RHCC), Colonel James Liew, and India's Integrated Defence Staff's Colonel (Operations Logistics), Colonel Nitin Sehgal. The signing of the Implementing Arrangements follows the exchange of a Letter of Intent during the 4th Defence Ministers' Dialogue (DMD) in 2019 to deepen HADR cooperation, and underscores a shared commitment between both countries to further HADR cooperation and coordination. Under this agreement, Singapore's Changi RHCC and India's Integrated Defence Staff will explore closer operational collaboration in response to disasters, as well as capacity-building activities of mutual interest.
On June 2018, Changi RHCC and Pacific Disaster Centre (PDC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to partner on future disaster management initiatives. This agreement between Changi RHCC and PDC, which is an applied science and research centre managed by the University of Hawaii, will promote exchanges of information and potentially leading to interoperability of tools to support disaster response coordination in the Asia Pacific region.
Director Changi RHCC, Colonel (COL) Lee Kuan Chung, and Director CFE-DM, Mr Joseph D. Martin signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 24 January 2017 to establish a framework for cooperation between the US CFE-DM and the Changi RHCC. This MoU demonstrates Singapore's and the US' shared intent to foster a strategic partnership and build regional capacity in HADR as affirmed in our enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement.