The 8th ASEAN Maritime Forum (AMF) on 6th Dec 2018 and the 6th Extended ASEAN Maritime Forum (EAMF) on 7th Dec 2018 kicked off with the Track II Academic and Stakeholder Workshop on 4th December 2018 followed by the Track 1.5 AMF Organisational and Functional Workshop on 5th December 2018. The discussions in the first workshop on maritime security was diverse ranging from biodiversity to unmanned vessels. The second workshop focus more on AMF in term of organisation and its function whether it is still relevant as well as its effectiveness in the context of ASEAN. During both workshop MiDAS, Miss Nor Aini binti Mohd Nordin was invited as a speaker to talk about ASEAN Military Ready Group on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief in the first and moderator in the later. The workshops shed light that there is a need for coordination and more frequent information sharing among the Track II and Track 1.5 members on ASEAN activities and initiatives across sectoral. The outcome of both workshop was brought forth to be discussed at the 8th AMF and 6th EAMF respectively.

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