ASEAN Direct Communications Infrastructure or ADI is a key confidence and security building measures that is intended to reduce vulnerability to miscalculations, and avoid misunderstanding and undesirable incidents at sea. It provides the ASEAN Defence Ministers a permanent, rapid, reliable, and confidential means by which they can communicate with each other to arrive at mutual decisions in handling crisis or emergency situations, in particular related to maritime security. This was said by the Acting Permanent Secretary of Defence, at the opening ceremony of the Workshop on ASEAN Direct Communications Infrastructure, ADI with Plus Countries held yesterday morning.

Awang Haji Amiruddin bin Haji Mohammad Hassan said that Brunei Darussalam took up an initiative on Establishing a Direct Communications Link, DCL in the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting Process or ASEAN Direct Communications Infrastructure, ADI. He added the Concept Paper was adopted by the ADMM in 2014 and soon after the efforts to materialise the initiative began with conduct of 2 workshops and the establishment of the Ad Hoc Working Group Meeting.

The convening of the one day workshop is the first step in expanding ADI to the Plus Countries, following the adoption of Concept Paper on Expanding ADI to Plus Countries during the 13th ADMM in Bangkok, Thailand in July. The main agenda of the workshop is to officially introduce ADI to the Plus Countries.

Source: Radio Television Brunei