Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the VPA Senior Lieutenant General Pham Hong Huong addresses the closing ceremony of PAMS 42 (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The 42nd Pacific Armies Management Seminar (PAMS 42) wrapped up in Hanoi on August 23.

The four-day event, themed “Cooperation Among Indo-Asian Pacific Land Forces in Humanitarian Assistance, Disaster Response,”  was co-hosted by the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA) and the US Army Pacific Command (USARPAC).

Speaking at the closing ceremony, USARPAC Commanding General Robert B.Brown affirmed that plenary sessions and activities held within the framework and on the sidelines of the seminar offered chances for participants to share points of views as well as experience in conducting humanitarian assistance and disaster response.

He expressed his hope that participating land forces will make use of experience and lessons shared at the seminar to take the initiative in responding to weather, disaster and drought changes.

Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the VPA Senior Lieutenant General Pham Hong Huong affirmed that after four days of working with the participation of over 300 delegates from nations in the Indo-Asia- Pacific region, the seminar concluded successfully.

Discussions at the seminar pointed out that the region suffers a lot of natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, storms and floods every year, and underlined the important role of armies, especially land forces, in responding to emergency circumstances when a disaster occurs.

He said he believes that contents discussed will help land forces to build effective response plans.

The next PAMS will be held in Thailand.-VNA