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India to host confluence of Indian Ocean Rim Countries

 

Bhubaneswar,

Last updated 06 Jul 2016 01:02 IST

  India, SAARC, Indian Ocean Rim Countries, Maritime Relation

Organized by the Institute of Social and Cultural Studies (ISCS) jointly with Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), the three days confluence titled as “India & the Indian Ocean: Renewing the Maritime Trade & Civilizational Linkages” is expected to be attended by delegates from 20 Indian Ocean Rim Countries. The conference is to start on March 20, 2015.

 

The confluence of Indian Ocean Rim (IOR) countries to be held in the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar, Odisha, in support of the union government of India is seen as an event of huge strategic importance in view of the debate about need of regional regrouping and subgrouping, which has gained momentum in India and neighbouring countries, since the failure of the 18th SAARC summit of 2014.

Organized by the Institute of Social and Cultural Studies (ISCS) jointly with Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), the three days confluence titled as “India & the Indian Ocean: Renewing the Maritime Trade & Civilizational Linkages” is expected to be attended by delegates from 20 Indian Ocean Rim Countries. The conference is to start on March 20, 2015.

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.

 

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To geo-political analysts, the confluence has greater relevance as it may lead to emergence of an alternate group in Asia to facilitate economic cooperation between developing countries and also to counter the growing influence of China in the Indian Ocean and the region as well.

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The event bears larger geo-political importance as delegates from Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Maldives, Thailand, Mauritius, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Iran, and Cambodia among other IOR countries are expected to join the event hosted by India.

To geo-political analysts, the confluence has greater relevance as it may lead to emergence of an alternate group in Asia to facilitate economic cooperation between developing countries and also to counter the growing influence of China in the Indian Ocean and the region as well.

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