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  • Entry

    By Invitations Only
  • Dates

    03-04 Sep 2019
  • Location

    Maldives
  • Speakers

    Professionals & Political

About the Conference

The 4th edition of Indian Ocean Conference (IOC) is being organised by India Foundation in association with Government of Maldives and S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore on 03-04 September 2019 in Maldives. The theme of IOC 2019 is "Securing the Indian Ocean Region: Traditional and Non-Traditional Challenges".

The traditional and non-traditional security challenges facing the Indian Ocean Region remain unabated. Geopolitics and Trade continue to be contentious and the spectre of terrorism looms large over several countries of the region. Issues such as rising sea water levels, hazardous levels of pollution of the seas leading to depletion of marine livestock, and illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing elude consensus in international deliberation. Many of these challenges pose serious and immediate problems for the region. These challenges require concerted and sustained partnership efforts across the region and beyond. The fourth edition of the Indian Ocean Conference (IOC) presents yet another opportunity for the stake holders to deliberate on building institutional framework for managing the threats to regional peace and human security through the strengthening of multilateral cooperation based on mutual respect, equality and in line with international law. In the wake of rapid technological advancement and associated disruption, there is also an urgency to stabilize the global order.

The 4th IOC will deliberate on developing effective regional institutional mechanism for implementation of prevailing norms and rules. In continuation with the past, this edition of the Conference too will provide yet another opportunity for stakeholders of the Indian Ocean Region to deliberate on building an institutional framework for managing the threats to regional peace and human security through the strengthening of multilateral cooperation based on mutual respect, equality and in line with international law. The three broad themes that will mainly be discussed during the conference are listed below: -

Marine Ecology: Climate Change, Global warming and consequent rise of Sea Levels, Pollution, Sustainable harnessing of Oceanic Resources

Terrorism: Rising Specter of Terrorism in Indian Ocean Region, Marine Terrorism

Navigational Security: Freedom of Navigation, UNCLOS and its effective implementation, Natural and Manmade hazards to Navigation, Piracy


Speakers

Organising Committee

Highlights of Past Events

3rd IOC 2018, Hanoi, Vietnam

2nd IOC 2017, Sri Lanka

1st IOC 2016, Singapore

EVENT SCHEDULE

  14:00 - 15:00 Hrs

Symposium 1: Navigational Security

Chair: Alok Bansal, Director, India Foundation
Speakers:

1. Sanjaya Baru, Distinguished Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis, India
2. Anup Singh, Former C-in-C, Eastern Naval Command, Indian Navy, India
3. Phil Midland, Former Naval Officer, USA
4. Rastam Mohd Isa, Chairman and Chief Executive of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies, Malaysia*
  14:00 - 15:00 Hrs

Symposium 2: Terrorism

Chair: S. D. Muni, Professor Emeritus, School of International Studies Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
Speakers:
1. Prabha Rao, Executive Director, South Asian Institute for Strategic Affairs (SAISA), India
2. Jayantha Perera, Admiral, I M F and Former Commander of the Sri Lankan Navy
3. Syed Ata Hasnain, Former GOC, 15 and 21 Corps, Indian Army
4. Klaus Lange, Director, Institute of Transnational Studies, Germany
  15:15 - 16:15 Hrs

Symposium 3: Navigational Security

Chair: C Raja Mohan, Director, Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), Singapore
Speakers:
1. Preeti Saran, Former Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs, India
2. Nisha Biswal, President, US India Business Council, USA
3. Yan Yan, Director, Research Center of Oceans Law and Policy, National Institute for the South China Sea Studies, China
4. Sinderpal Singh, Senior Fellow and Coordinator of the South Asia Programme, Institute of Defence and Security Studies, RSIS, Singapore

Symposium 4: Ambassadors’ Panel

Chair: Rajiv Sikri, Former Ambassador, India
Speakers:
1. Shin Bong-kil, Ambassador of South Korea to India
2. Rita Giuliana Mannella, Ambassador of Italy to Sri Lanka
3. Vicente Vivencio T. Bandillo, Ambassador of Philippines to Bangladesh
4. Southam Sakonniyom, Former Ambassador of Lao PDR to India
  16:45 - 18:00 Hrs

Inaugural Session

1. H.E. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, President, Maldives
2. H.E Ismail Omar Guelleh, President, Djibouti*
3. H.E. Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister, Sri Lanka
4. S. Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister, India
5. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Singapore
6. Omar Abdulla Foreign Minister,Maldives
  18:15 - 19:00 Hrs

Keynote Session I

1. S. Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister, India
2. Abdulla Shahid, Foreign Minister, Maldives
  19:00 - 20:30 Hrs

Session I

1. Macsuzy Mondon, Designated Minister, Seychelles
2. Nandcoomar Bodha, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Mauritius
3. Tandi Dorji, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Royal Government of Bhutan
4. Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Nepal
5. Ahmad Ali Al Sayegh, Minister for Economic Cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UAE
6. Joaquim Jose Gusmao dos Reis Martines, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Timor Leste

20:30 Hrs onwards - Dinner to be hosted by President of Maldives
  09:30 - 10:15 Hrs

Keynote Session II

Chair: M J Akbar, Member of Parliament, India
Speaker:
Mohamed Nasheed, Speaker, Peoples’ Majlis, Maldives
  10:30 - 11:45 Hrs

Session II

Chair: Ram Madhav, National General Secretary, Bharatiya Janata Party; Member, Board of Governors, India Foundation
Speakers:
1. Sayyid Badr bin Hamad Albusaidi, Secretary General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oman
2. Shahriar Alam, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh
3. Chhiv Yiseang, Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation, Kingdom of Cambodia
4. Damas Ndumbaro, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Tanzania
  11:45 – 13:00 Hrs

Session III

Chair: Ram Madhav, National General Secretary, Bharatiya Janata Party; Member, Board of Governors, India Foundation
Speakers:
1. Kyaw Myo, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Myanmar
2. Toshiko Abe, State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Japan
3. Ronny Prasetyo Yuliantoro, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Special Advisor to the Foreign Minister on Inter-Institutional Relations, Indonesia
4. Sekie Agisa, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Papua New Guinea

13:00 -14:00 Hrs - Lunch
  14:00 - 15:00 Hrs:

Session IV

Chair: Shakti Sinha, Director, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, India
Speakers:
1. Harry Harris, US Ambassador to South Korea and Former Commander, US Pacific Command, USA
2. Yuri Materity, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and The Maldives Republic, Russia
3. Wei Hongtian, Ambassador of Department of Boundary and Ocean Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China
  15:00-16:00 Hrs

Session V

Chair: Shakti Sinha, Director, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, India
Speakers:
1. Pornpimol Kanchanalak, Adviser to Foreign Minister, Kingdom of Thailand
2. M Shahidul Islam, Secretary General, BIMSTEC Secretariat, Bangladesh
3. Richard Maude, Deputy Secretary, Indo-Pacific Group, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia
4. Nguyen Van Thao, Assistant to Deputy Prime Minister, Director General of the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vietnam

16:00 - 16:30: High Tea
  16:30-17:30 Hrs

Session VI

Chair: Shakti Sinha, Director, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, India
Speakers:
1. Ratsimandao Tahirimiakadaza, Secretary General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Madagascar
2. Michael Kiboino, Director, Oceans and Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kenya
3. Abdallah Mirghane, Director of the Foreign Minister's Cabinet, Comoros
  17:30 - 18:30 Hrs

Session VII

Chair: Shekhar Sinha, Former Commander-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, Indian Navy
Speakers: Edward Ahlgren, OBE, Royal Navy, UK
1. Abdulla Shamaal, Chief of Defence Force, Maldives
2. Mahesh Singh, Flag Officer Karwar/ Karnataka, Indian Navy

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FAQ Event

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Participants are expected to bear the cost of their travel and accommodation

The registration for the conference is free of charge

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The same shall be made available at the Conference on the respective dates or on the India Foundation App from August 15 onwards

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