New Caledonia’s contribution to Australia’s Pacific Fusion Center
New Caledonia has identified a secondee, specialized in environmental data processing, to be sent to the Interim Centre in Canberra for a period of three months commencing on September 16.
At their 50th Summit in Tuvalu Pacific Islands Forum, Leaders welcomed Australia’s decision to work with regional security agencies to establish a Pacific Fusion Centre that will build on current regional frameworks to strengthen information sharing and maritime domain awareness to better inform security responses to some of the main threats outlined in the Boe Declaration (Nauru, 2018), such as illegal fishing, drugs trafficking and other transnational crimes.
The Pacific Fusion Centre will be established in a phased manner commencing in 2019. The initial pilot phase, which aims to test products and strengthen coordination with existing institutions, will include an Interim Centre in Canberra. The Interim Centre, comprising Australian and Pacific analysts, will develop pilot analytical product and provide a targeted analyst training program, to build regional analytical capacity ahead of the permanent Centre’s establishment in a Pacific Islands Forum member country in 2020.
As stressed during the bilateral meeting between New Caledonia’s President Thierry SANTA and Australia’s Prime Minister Scott MORRISON at the 50th PIF Leaders summit in Funafuti, New Caledonia has identified a secondee, specialized in environmental data processing, to be sent to the Interim Centre in Canberra for a period of three months commencing on September 16. Mr Gaetan VILETTE from New Caledonia’s Department of Information Technologies and Services (DTSI) will undergo structured training that will boost skills and analytical capabilities, drawing on his own professional experience as a Geomatics/Remote Sensing specialist.
According to Yves LAFOY, Official Representative of New Caledonia to Australia, based at the Embassy of France in Canberra, this secondment has two goals : i) to strengthen the cooperation between New Caledonia and Australia by supporting Australia’s initiative of the Pacific Fusion Center ; ii) to confirm the added-value of New Caledonia’s admission as a full member of the PIF in September 2016, by its contribution to an increased analytical capacity in the field of regional security.