The second edition of NCT C-IED Asia, which took place from October 29 to 31 at the St Regis Hotel in Bangkok, aimed to raise awareness of the enduring threat of explosives to regional, but also international security. In close cooperation with the Royal Thai Police, IB Consultancy gathered international experts, regional civil and military stakeholders, as well as leading companies providing C-IED and EOD solutions in the bubbly capital of Thailand.
The event opened with a live demonstration of the Royal Thai Police’s C-IED capabilities. The setting included an IED placed in the parking lot of the St Regis Hotel, a classic realistic scenario which could happen every day in Bangkok. The humid weather of Bangkok, as well as the arrival of police trucks, K9 dogs and the EOD team dressed in their protective bomb suits thereby created the perfect atmosphere to generate tension and attention within the audience. The result of the demonstration was impressive: from detecting and neutralizing the device by the EOD team to the work of the Police’s forensics team, the Royal Thai Police convinced the audience with their competences.
On day 2 of the event, the conference was opened by the Secretary General of the Cambodian Mine Action Authority and Advisor to the Cambodian Prime Minister, His Excellency Chum Bun Rong. Followed by highly interesting insights into new approaches and trends in the field of C-IED and EOD by Major Vitor Felisberto from the NATO C-IED Center of Excellence, and Lt Col Nabin Silwal from the Nepalese Army, the first morning of the conference provided a broad basis for the in-depth analysis which was to follow. One of the highlights of October 30 was the presentation of Pol. Colonel Kamthorn Auicharoen from the Royal Thai Police’s EOD Team, who gave the international audience an extensive and detailed overview of IED threats and related challenges in Bangkok as well as Southern Thailand.
The third day further featured interactive workshops and presentations on C-IED intelligence, forensics and analysis, including high-level speakers such as KhunYing Porntip Rojanasunan – in Thailand a national TV-star in criminal investigations and forensics. Her presentation on the collection of forensic evidence that led to the arrest of bomb makers and bombers in the South of Thailand, not only demonstrated her impressive expertise in the field of forensics and intelligence approaches, but also the high maturity of investigators in Thailand. Afterwards, renowned experts such as Superintendent Jimmy Yuen from the Hong Kong Police presented new robotic solutions for C-IED response, as well as their advantages and disadvantages. To round-up this Asian EOD forum, Mohamad Sediq Rashid from the Mine Action Coordination Center of Afghanistan, as well as TeKimiti Gilbert from the humanitarian organization APOPO stressed again the relevance of demining and land release for public security but also development in the region and why international cooperation in this field is needed.
Together with the live demonstration, high-level and distinguished regional and international speakers, as well as regionally highly relevant topics and stream sessions, the event fulfilled its aim to further raise awareness of these enduring challenges linked to IEDs, UXOs and landmines in Europe and the US, as well as within the whole Asian continent.
The event was seen as a total success and received fantastic feedback from sponsors, delegates and speakers alike.
“Compliments and congratulations for successfully organising the NCT C-IED 2013 Conference. It was great, informative, interactive and useful.” Col (ret’d) Naidu Gade, Former Member International Civil Service, Chief CW Inspector OPCW
“NCT C-IED Asia 2013 was a grand success. It was very informative and had ample discussion and interaction with experts.” Lt Col Silwal, Nepalese Army
“The NCT CIED Asia 2013 offered Saab an excellent opportunity to present and demonstrate its bespoke CIED instrumentation training capability to nations and organisations facing similar difficult insurgent threats within the Asia Pacific region. As result of the event, we have had ongoing business engagements and further training opportunity discussions with attendees at the symposium, opening up fresh potential markets for the company. The event was very well organised and supported by IB Consultancy and its associated contracted providers.” Neil Patrick, C-IED Capability Manager, SAAB Training & Simulation
“The conference was certainly very useful and relevant. I learned a lot.” Mohammad Sediq Rashid, Director, Mine Action Coordination Center of Afghanistan
“DOK-ING Ltd., as world leading company producing ROV’s for landmine clearance and C-IED has participated in NCT C-IED Asia. Great organization and leading authorities from area have overcame our expectations for conference. Many usefull meetings with experts and decisionmakers from south-eastern Asia proven once more that this kind of events has to be attended in order to expand business, hear latest news from field of expertise and find out who are major players in the area. With IB-Consultancy support, we will surely be participating in upcoming events around world.” Mislav Manda, Key Account Manager, DOK-ING
“Very professional and well organised conference! Excellent selection and balance of themes and current topics of discussions through guest speakers and discussion panels!” Assistant Inspector General Shafkat Malik, Commander Bomb Disposal Unit of KPK province, Pakistan
“Participating in IB Consultancy’s 2013 NCW C-IED Asia Conference provided me a great baseline on the current and future outlook for the Asia Market; an area which up until now, is new for us. The quality and diversity of speakers from a range of countries provided a realistic look at the current threats and future challenges. This allows me to focus our company’s resources going forward to address these challenges and help our customers address their problems.” Juan J. Hernandez, Vice President Business Development, Chemring Sensors & Electronic Systems
“For my first time exhibiting in Thailand on an IB Consultancy event, I have been very impressed by the quality of the people targeted and participating in NCT C-IED Asia 2013 conference. Indeed, most of the visitors were corresponding to ICM X-ray customer profile and helped me to increase the brand image of ICM in Thailand, but also in the countries around. Furthermore, the organisation was very helpful and personally introduced me to interesting contacts. I am looking forward the next event in Kiev, hopefully with a demonstration of ICM equipment by local EOD operators!” Martin Raets, Area Sales Manager, ICM x-ray