Panaji: A total of 12 friendly foreign Indian Ocean littoral countries participated in the fourth edition of biennial Goa Maritime Symposium, organised by the Indian Navy at Goa from October 31 -- November 1.
Among the countries participated in the symposium, include Bangladesh, Comoros, Indonesia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Myanmar, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
“Coming out of the shadows of global COVID-19 pandemic, the Indian Navy was delighted to witness physical participation of overseas delegates from all 12 invitees,” Indian Navy PRO Commander Vivek Madhwal said.
Commodore Nitin Kapoor, Deputy Commandant, Naval War College delivered the welcome address and the Symposium was formally inaugurated by Rear Admiral Rajesh Dhankhar, NM, Commandant, Naval War College.
Over the two days of the Symposium, the participants deliberated upon several maritime security aspects of contemporary relevance. The theme for GMS-22 was ‘Maritime Security Challenges in the Indian Ocean Region: Converting Common Maritime Priorities into Collaborative Mitigation Frameworks’.
Through four panel discussions with dedicated sub-themes, the participants were successful to garner a clear vision for an outcome oriented agenda for the Goa Maritime Conclave which would be hosted by the Indian Navy in 2023.
Commodore Anil Jaggi, Commodore (Foreign Cooperation), in his closing address, thanked all participants for their enthusiastic participation and valuable contribution during the Goa Maritime Symposium-22.
The participants also availed the opportunity to visit Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) on 01 November 2022 to witness, first hand, the indigenous ship building capabilities of Indian Shipyards.
The delegates visited Indian Naval Ship Pralay, a Guided Missile Vessel, constructed by the GSL in 2002 and were also shown the construction and repair areas including Ship Lift facility.
India has consistently advocated of the concept of ‘Collective Responsibility’ for maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region.
The Goa Maritime Symposium and the Goa Maritime Conclave, conducted by the Indian Navy in alternating years is a manifestation of such efforts.
Guided by the vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for all in the Region), the Indian Navy looks forward to hosting the Goa Maritime Conclave in year 2023.