Indian Ocean Conference starting in Dhaka today IOC
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Indian Ocean Conference starting in Dhaka today

Bangladesh Live News | @banglalivenews | 12 May 2023, 12:18 pm

Dhaka, May 12: The two-day Sixth International Indian Ocean Conference (Indian Ocean Conference) is starting today in Dhaka.

150 delegates including high level representatives of 25 countries will participate in this conference. Due to the post-coronavirus situation around the world and the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, the main theme of the conference this time is 'Peace, Prosperity and Partnership for a Sustainable Future'. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the conference.

More than 30 ministers, state ministers or deputy ministers from different countries including the President of Mauritius, the Vice President of Maldives, the Foreign Minister of India are participating in the conference jointly organized by the Indian Foundation, a research institute affiliated to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of India.

Foreign Ministry officials said the entire Indian Ocean region is very important. Everyone needs to work together on how to make the most of the region's potential economy. Besides, regional stability is essential in the current global context.

A senior official of the ministry said, Indian Ocean is a very vibrant zone. It is a very vibrant economic zone. There will be talks about making something sustainable in this economic zone. There are global contexts and regional challenges. Everyone has to think about how to work between them. Peace is necessary for development. Peace and stability will mainly be discussed. In this regard, Foreign Secretary (Maritime Affairs Unit) Rear Admiral (Retired) Md. Khurshid Alam said that the theme of the Indian Ocean Conference will be discussed. All will discuss how the Indian Ocean can be utilized more. We need sustainable economic development in the Indian Ocean. The conference will be an opportunity for everyone to talk about how to maintain peace and stability in the region.

Mauritius President Prithviraj Singh Rupan, Maldivian Vice President Faisal Nasim and Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar arrived in Dhaka on Thursday to attend the summit.