The 4th edition of the Indo-Pacific Regional Dialogue (IPRD), the apex international annual conference of the Indian Navy, will be held from 23 to 25 November in New Delhi.
The theme of IPRD-2022 is ‘Operationalising the Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI)’, which was articulated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Bangkok, at the 14th East Asia Summit (EAS) in November 2019.
The IPOI is a comprehensive and inclusive construct for regional cooperation that is focused on seven interconnected spokes or pillars: Maritime Security, Maritime Ecology, Maritime Resources, Disaster Risk-reduction and Management, Trade-Connectivity and Maritime Transport, Capacity-building and Resource sharing, and Science, Technology and Academic Cooperation.
The six thematically-arranged sessions of the IPRD-2022 are: Weaving the Fabric of Holistic Maritime Security in the Indo-Pacific: Multilateral Options; Constructing Holistic-Security Bridges across the Western and Eastern Maritime Expanse of the Indo-Pacific; Building maritime Connectivity: Ports, Trade, and Transport; Capacity-building and Capability Enhancement Leveraging the Physical and Social Sciences; Practical approaches to a Regional Blue Economy; and Disaster Risk-reduction and Management; Solutions for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Vulnerable Littoral States.
As part of the event, globally-renowned speakers and eminent panelists will explore how the areas of maritime cooperation envisaged in the IPOI could be optimally and inclusively operationalised. In addition, there will be an Inaugural Session and a Margdarshan (Guidance) session which would include addresses by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Minister of Environment Bhupendra Yadav, and Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt.