Shangri-La Dialogue Bi-Lateral and Tri-Lateral Defence Ministers Meetings 2022


Congress Rental and Conference Systems Inc (CSI) Support the Shangri-La Dialogue Defence Ministers Meetings

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The 19th Shangri-La Dialogue Hosted by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), opened in Singapore after a two-year hiatus. It serves as Asia’s premier defence summit and offers unique opportunities for ministers to meet, discuss pressing security challenges and come up with new approaches through diplomacy.

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One specific bi-lateral meeting stood out, attracting a significant amount of media attention. This was the first meeting between US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin and China’s Minister of Defence Wei Fenghe. It served as a return to direct communication between top US and Chinese defence officials. During the meeting, each party emphasised the importance of keeping their relationship stable and “adding guard rails” to it. This meant more communication and reduction of risk. They also discussed global and regional security issues, meeting for double the time initially allotted.


Several other bi-lateral and tri-lateral meetings were held between other defence ministers from ASEAN nations. These were used as an opportunity to build upon partnership networks throughout the various regions. One between US Secretary of defence Lloyd Austin, Japanese Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi and South Korean Minister for National Defence Lee Jong-sup resulted in strengthened trilateral solidarity. Another between US Secretary of defence Lloyd Austin, new Australian Defence Minister Richard Males and Japanese Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi also displayed an “absolute high-degree of strategic alignment among the three nations”.


The solution we provided:


  • 4 x Audipack Interpreter Booths

  • 8 x Dicentis Interpreter Desks

  • 15 x Dicentis Wired Conference Microphones

  • 30 x Integrus Infra-Red Receivers

  • 2 x Integrus Infra-Red Radiators

  • 1 x Integrus Infra-Red Transmitter

  • 1 x Dicentis Server

  • 1 x Dicentis Audio Powering Switch

  • 1 x Mixer

  • 2 x Handheld Microphones

Two Congress Rental technicians set up the systems for each session based on their unique requirements, adjusting microphones and equipment positioning. Once each session was set up, rigorous system testing was performed to ensure all interpreters received the best audio quality possible from our microphones.

During the sessions, we provided live support to ensure all interpretation feeds remained smooth and stable throughout the meeting. There were no major interruptions or issues and the technology performed perfectly start to finish.

Client Outcomes:


Our partner for the project, Conference Systems had this feedback:


“The meeting at the Shangri-La went very well. Azren Asbori and his set-up crew worked tirelessly to massage the booths into place and provide the perfect microphone placement. 


The team of technicians that operated the equipment during the event was very professional and worked well with the clients’ many changing requests, often making suggestions to improve efficiency, and help the meeting flow smoother. They managed several set changes flawlessly, and in a timely, professional manner.  Their work made the meeting a success. Our end client was very pleased. 

Azren, and team are very knowledgeable in the field of simultaneous interpretation, and meeting protocol. This made my job easier, and worry free, and the end client confident of a successful outcome. Their professionalism was appreciated by everyone involved. 


I cannot thank you enough. Please relay my extreme gratitude to Azren and everyone on the team that helped make this meeting a total success!”


- Shel Gallun (Conference Systems Inc)


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