Milipol Asia-Pacific, the leading international exhibition dedicated to homeland security back to Singapore [fr]
On 2nd April, Mr. Marc Abensour, Embassador of France in Singapore, Mr. Amrin Amin, Senior Parliamentary Secretary and Mr. Yann Jounot, Prefect, Civipol CEO and President of GIE Milipol opened the 8th edition of Milipol Asia-Pacific dedicated to terrorism issues, homeland security and civil defense.
Since 1984, French expertise in homeland security area is exemplified by Milipol fairs. Qatar since 1996 and Singapore since 2005 have joined France by organizing their own Milipol fair and creating the Milipol network. France is therefore among the five international pavilions taking part to this edition of Milipol alongside Israel, United Kingdom and the United States. 23 French companies took part in this year’s edition, showcasing their latest technologies in homeland security.
The 2019 Conference themed “A Collaborative Response to Criminal Innovation” brings focus on the immediate and future challenges faced by Government security forces from organised crime to regional terrorism. This flagship Conference will again bring together the world’s finest experts, professionals and academia for 3 days to discuss the current regional terrorist threat landscape, transnational crime such as the growing drug menace together with the cutting edge solutions and collaborative response from our regional security agencies to counter the fast-evolving and innovative criminal structures. This established conference will again reach out to encourage delegates to update themselves on the latest thought leadership to provoke the discussions which assist embracing the future direction of law enforcement which critically ensures the immediate and future stability and prosperity of the ASEAN region and beyond.
During the event, several conferences were organized with international experts such as Mr. Michel Cadic, Chief Scientist Officer for the Ministry of Interior in France on the topic of Technology for the security of the Paris Olumpics 2024 and Mr. Renaud Vedel, Ministerial Coordinator for Artificial Intelligence of the Ministry of Interior of France on the topic of the challenges of digital transformation and the use of AI technologies for France’s security and intelligence forces in the context of European data protection regulations.
The day before the opening of Milipol 2019, a reception took place at the French Residence, during which Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs and France’s Interior Ministry renewed a 3-year strategic plan. The new agreement was signed by Mrs. Sophie Hatt, DCI Director and Mr. Raja Kumar Deputy Secretary (International) of Ministry of Home Affairs and witnessed by Mr. Amrin Amir Senior Parliamentary Secretary and Mr. Marc Abensour, Ambassador of France. In April 2018, the two Ministries launched a partnership in the area of science and technology applied to internal security with the signature of an international agreement dealing with video analytics, artificial intelligence and secured and miniaturized radio communications.
During the signing ceremony, French citiwen Pierre Lebel was awarded with the Honor medal of the Foreign Affairs for saving a little Singaporean child from drowning by giving her life saving first aid.