New Delhi (NVI): Indian Navy hosted ‘Goa Maritime Symposium GMS-21)’, a forum towards fostering friendly relations with the maritime neighbours, virtually due to the prevailing situation of COVID pandemic.
The two-day event was concluded yesterday under the aegis of Naval War College in Goa, the Defence Ministry said in a statement today.
“Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event for the first time was hosted in virtual mode, with online participation of Naval representatives from 13 Indian Ocean Littoral countries, which included India, Bangladesh, Comoros, Indonesia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Myanmar, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand, it said.
The theme for GMS-21 was focused on “Maritime Security and Emerging Non-Traditional Threats: A Case for Proactive Role for IOR Navies,” with emphasis on capacity building amongst the IOR Navies to tackle emerging common maritime threats.
With the Indian Ocean becoming the locus of 21st-century strategic landscape, the symposium will play a constructive role in bringing together the stakeholders who have a role in evolving strategies, policies and implementation mechanisms on the issues of common interest in the maritime domain, the statement read.
In addition to presenting cooperative strategies for enhancing interoperability among partner maritime agencies, the event provided a forum for the articulation of views on the crucial maritime issues, followed by theme-based discussions, it added.