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Navy, top ministers to brainstorm on Indo-Pacific strategy

IPRD-2021 will focus on eight specific sub-themes, including evolving maritime strategies within the Indo-Pacific region, port-led regional maritime connectivity, development strategies, adaptive strategies to address the impact of climate change and cooperative maritime domain awareness strategies.

Navy top ministers to brainstorm on Indo-Pacific maritime strategy
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New Delhi, First Published Oct 26, 2021, 7:09 PM IST
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The Indian Navy and the National Maritime Foundation will commence the third edition of the Indo-Pacific Regional Dialogue from Wednesday in a virtual format to discuss the maritime strategies and the geopolitical developments affecting the maritime domain in the region.

The objective of the three-day online event, which will be attended and addressed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, will be to encourage a free flow of ideas and views through a range of panel discussions. The theme of IPRD-2021 is 'Evolution in Maritime Strategy during the 21st Century: Imperatives, Challenges, and, Way Ahead'.

IPRD-2021 will focus on eight specific sub-themes, including evolving maritime strategies within the Indo-Pacific region, port-led regional maritime connectivity, development strategies, adaptive strategies to address the impact of climate change and cooperative maritime domain awareness strategies.

Panel discussions will also be held on the impact of the increasing recourse to lawfare upon a rules-based Indo-Pacific order, to promote regional public-private maritime partnerships, energy-insecurity and mitigating strategies and to address the manned-unmanned conundrum at sea. Through this annual dialogue, the Indian Navy and the National Maritime Foundation provide a platform for incisive discussions pertaining to the geopolitical developments affecting the maritime domain of the Indo-Pacific.

Conceptualised in 2018, the IPRD is the apex international annual conference of the Indian Navy and is the principal manifestation of the navy’s engagement at the strategic level. Last year, India had reiterated its commitment to meaningfully contribute to the creation and consolidation of an Indo-Pacific built upon five key pillars which included Peace, prosperity, respect, dialogue and cooperation.

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