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7th Indian Ocean Conference

7th Indian Ocean Conference mind map
When
February 9-10, 2024
Where
Perth, Australia
Who
Organisers
India Foundation
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore
Perth-US Asia Centre, Australia
Attendees
Over 300 delegates
More than 50 foreign ministers
Heads of multilateral groupings
Notable Attendees
External Affairs Minister of India, Dr. S Jaishankar
Sri Lankan President, Ranil Wickremesinghe
Foreign ministers from
Bangladesh
Maldives
Bhutan
Nepal
Foreign ministers from Africa, Pacific, Europe
Why
Strengthening regional cooperation
Discussing challenges in Indian Ocean
Maritime traffic threats
Piracy and terrorism
International law challenges
Freedom of navigation concerns
Sovereignty safeguarding
Trans-national threats
Illegal activities spectrum
Addressing grey areas
Climate change impacts
Natural disasters
Fuel, food, fertilizer crises
Unsustainable debt
Opaque lending practices
Unviable projects
Injudicious choices
Globalization challenges
Over-concentrations of manufacturing and technology
Covid-19 impact on production and supply-chains
Digital era and artificial intelligence implications
Future drivers
Digital technology
Electric mobility
Green hydrogen
Green shipping
What
Theme
"Towards a Stable and Sustainable Indian Ocean"
Discussions
Regional security enhancement
Economic development strategies
Environmental sustainability
Perth as Venue
Major city along Indian Ocean
Western Australia's largest city
Proximity to India
Indian-origin population significance
How
Consultative forum
Policy dialogues
Strategic discussions
Significance
Geopolitical importance
Global trade transit route
Chokepoints like Strait of Malacca, Bab-el-Mandeb strait
Economic importance
Fast-growing economies
Rich in natural resources
Foreign investment destination
64% global population coverage
60% global GDP contribution
Security importance
Regional security threats
Military activity increase
Environmental importance
Marine ecosystems preservation
Climate change impact mitigation
Previous Editions
1st Edition in Singapore, 2016
6th Edition in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2023
Other Locations
Sri Lanka
Vietnam
Maldives
UAE

The 7th Indian Ocean Conference, held on February 9-10, 2024, in Perth, Australia, aimed at fostering regional cooperation in the Indian Ocean and addressing various challenges such as maritime threats, climate change, and globalization impacts. Organized by the India Foundation and other international bodies, the conference gathered over 300 delegates, including foreign ministers and heads of multilateral groupings. Discussions focused on enhancing regional security, economic development, and environmental sustainability, emphasizing the Indian Ocean’s geopolitical and economic significance. The event also sought to chart a roadmap for future drivers like digital technology and green energy sources.

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