Bisnis Indonesia reports that the Australian government have announced the donation of a maritime radio communication system to Indonesia in order to help combat maritime threats and transnational crime.
Australia's Minister for Home Affairs, Brendan O'Connor, cited the donation, saying that maritime safety is a regional issue and the Gillard Government is working with its neighbors to establish the highest levels of security and safety in the surrounding seas.
O'Connor said the donation of radio equipment represents just a part of Australia's partnership with Indonesia. The Australian government has donated AUS$2 million to purchase a Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS) which is now fully operational.
The Press Attaches from the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, Jenny Dee, told the press that the new GMDSS has been simultaneously introdued into service with the inauguration of a new Regional Maritime Coordination Center in Karangasem, East Bali.
The VHF radio network can receive comprehensive radio transmissions and monitor maritime radio transmission from anywhere in Indonesia.
O'Connor praised the system as allowing Indonesia a more efficient mobilization of their efforts to curb crime and save lives.
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