24th Inter-American Naval Conference Kicks Off in Brazil
By Dialogo September 16, 2010
Brazil is the host country of the Inter-American Naval Conference (CNI, for its acronym in Portuguese and Spanish), the most important forum bringing together Latin American Navies, say conference organizers. The 24th edition of the CNI is being held from September 13th through 17th, in Rio de Janeiro.
“We want to promote hemispheric solidarity and also the just defense of the interests of each nation. It’s important to make our ties stronger and to make our diplomatic relations even better,” said Admiral Júlio Soares de Moura Neto, Brazilian Navy Commander during a press conference after the conference’s opening ceremony.
Created in 1959 in order to foster permanent professional contacts between the Navies of the participating countries, the CNI provides a forum for exchanging ideas, knowledge and mutual understanding of maritime issues affecting the Americas.
The Navies of the following countries sent representatives to the 24th CNI: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, USA, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. In addition to these participants, delegations of the Inter-American Defense Board (JID) and the Naval Inter-American Telecommunications Network (RNIT) are also in attendance.
During the Conference, various topics of naval interest will be discussed regarding the official theme of the 24th CNI: “Inter-American Maritime Security: awareness of regional maritime domain and mechanisms for its promotion; the deployment of naval power in maritime security and protection of natural resources; and issues of legal order”.