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Cablegate: Thai Port of Laem Chabang and Gmp

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TAGS: EWWT EAID ECIN ECON EFIS MARR MASS MCAP MOPS PHSA
PINS, PREL, SMIG, SENV, SNAR, ASEC, XX
SUBJECT: Thai Port of Laem Chabang and GMP

REF: STATE 50488

1. This is an action request (see paragraph 4).

2. In discussing reftel talking points with Thai maritime
stakeholders, the idea for a joint maritime security best-practices
seminar between the Thai Port of Laem Chabang and the Port of
Singapore was raised in the context of the Global Maritime
Partnership (GMP) initiative. A delegation of approximately twenty
officials including Port of Laem Chabang leadership plus other
regional and national-level stakeholders, and four U.S. security
experts who have been coaching Port Laem Chabang leaders for the
last four years (through the U.S. National Guard State Partnership
Program) would travel to Singapore to learn from their counterparts
best practices regarding emergency response, terrorist attack
response, hazmat (including chemical and radiological) incident
response, EOD, and mass casualty incident response.

3. The idea would fit into the goals of GMP by further enabling a
regional partnership as much of the U.S.-bound cargo shipped from
Laem Chabang transits through Singapore. Post estimates the total
cost to be USD 58,000, which would include travel from Laem Chabang
to Singapore for twenty people, lodging, two days of seminar
expenses, and the cost of bringing four security experts from the
U.S. on or about September 16, 2008.

4. Post seeks Washington guidance on this proposal and on
availability of funds under the auspices of GMP to coordinate and
facilitate the training seminar between the Thai and Singapore port
officials. Post POC is Lt. Col. Scott Elder, selder@san.osd.mil.

John

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