As per information provided by the organisers, the conference supported by eight
important Ministries of the union government of India, such as, the External
Affairs, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Power, Shipping, Commerce and Industry,
Culture, Tourism and Agriculture, is to facilitate deliberations about Trade,
Maritime Security and trans-civilizational linkages.
“Indian Ocean is unique not because it’s the only ocean named after a country
but, for the past 7500 years, it has also been a meeting point for Western,
Northern, Eastern and South East Asian countries and a gateway to the western
world for many economies. Indian Ocean Rim Countries have strategic relevance as
well as socio cultural similarities, which are key to fostering sustained
economic as well as trade ties in the region,” said Arindam Mukherjee, Secretary
of the Institute of Social and Cultural Studies.
Expressing hope that this conference would set a platform for exchange of ideas
and therefore re-energize the concept of linkage in the backdrop of current
geopolitical developments and alignments, Mukherjee added that the conference
would open up opportunities to study and analyse Indian Ocean from all the
aspects and perspectives -historical, economical, geo-political, energy
security, religion, culture, trade, migration etc. and rejuvenate the ties that
bind the nations in the region.