REGIONAL SECURITY CENTRE NEXT YEAR

REGIONAL SECURITY CENTRE NEXT YEAR

Posted by : Quoting Radio New Zealand Posted on : 20-Oct-2020

An Australia-funded think-tank focusing on the security concerns of Pacific island nations is to start work in Vanuatu next year.

Australian foreign minister Marise Payne said in a statement the Pacific Fusion Centre will host analysts and share information on issues from maritime risks to human trafficking and disinformation.

The centre will be based in Vanuatu's capital of Port Vila.

It will also spotlight areas such as illegal fishing, drug smuggling, human trafficking and climate change said Ms Payne.

In preparation, a team of 21 analysts from 14 Pacific Island nations began training in Canberra a year ago.

Minister Payne described it as a reliable source of information for Pacific governments.

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