Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 19:
A three-day long international conference titled ‘India & The Indian Ocean: Renewing the Maritime Trade & Civilisational Linkages’, will be held in Odisha’s capital city from March 20 – 22.
The conference will be inaugurated on Friday by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, along with Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik, who will also be the Chief Guest. Dharmendra Pradhan, the chief patron of the conference and Union Petroleum & Natural Gas Minister, will be the guest of honour among others.
“The state has been able to put its footsteps in various countries and through this first of kind event, Odisha is going to be a maritime trade hub,” said Reception Committee Chairman and eminent writer Haraprasad Das while addressing a press conference here today on the eve of the conference.
Twenty nations from the region, popularly known as Indian Ocean Rim Countries, will participate in this three-day deliberations covering vital aspects of Trade, Maritime Security and Civilisational linkages. Apart from the participating IOR Countries, China & USA have evinced interest to send observers.
Apart from India, Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Maldives, Thailand, Mauritius, Indonesia, Malaysia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Madagascar, Singapore, Yemen, Oman, Iran, Cambodia etc. are expected to attend the Conference.
The high profile conference will be attended and supported by eight different ministries of Government of India & representatives of 20 nations along with top office bearers of the Union Government.
Topics and issues such as trade, Regional Maritime Security and Civilisational linkages will be deliberated upon in the conference along with socio-cultural similarities, exciting facts on ancient maritime trade, security and the future potential of trade and blue economy in Indian Ocean region by eminent scholars, researchers and experts in the conference.
It is expected that through this conference there will be a thorough study and analysis on Indian Ocean from all the aspects and perspectives – historical, economic, geopolitical, cultural, energy security, religion, literature, trade, migration, diaspora, etc. – and rejuvenate the deep ties that bind the regional nations.
Knowledge sessions apart, an Exhibition on the Indian Ocean: The Seafaring Legacy will be organized on the Inaugural session of IOR Conference and a Postal Stamp on ‘Indian Ocean and Rajendra Chola I’willo be released on 1000th coronation of Rajendra Chola-I.