The second annual bilateral dialog between the Pathfinder Foundation (PF) and the National Maritime Foundation, NMF, was held in New Delhi lately, following their continuing professional and mental commitment.
The topic of the dialog was’ India-Lankan Maritime Cooperation: Partnership for Future Challenges.’ The topics included eminent academics from the Centers on Indo-Lankan Maritime Cooperation and Law, admired Prof. Jayanath Colombage, Former Navy Commander Admiral Jayantha Perera and Former General Daya Rathnayake, Director of the Centers for Indo-Lankan Initiatives and Law of the Sea. The NMF had a recent appointment to be Chairman of the Navy, former Chief of Indian Navy Admiral Pradeep Chauhan and Sunil Lanba. The topics covered by the second PF-NMF dialog were: “Identifying future marine problems,”‘ Cooperative maritime development avenues and challenges,” extra-regional maritime forces approaches,’ and’ enhancing multilateral sea constructions.’ NMF is the sole think tank in India which focuses on the full range of maritime-related issues and disciplines. NMF conducts intellectual, academic and interactive research, advocacy and specialist group operations. It also offers a dynamic and increasing college program aimed at raising awareness of maritime activities among young people and identifying further strategies and disciplines leading to skill and work development in the maritime field.
In addition to a good deal of the history of these two naval countries, the geographic closeness between India and Sri Lanka in the Indian-Ocean Region (IOR) has also described several marine safety outlines for South Asia, in general, the IOR itself.
One of the busiest and critical shipping routes in the globe is the Indian Ocean. More than 120 000 vessels and ship transport annually, carrying 66 percent of the worldwide oil, 50 percent of the world’s container traffic and 33 percent of the worldwide freight transport, are the busy international shipping lanes (ISLs), which cross their waters.
A large part of this commerce moves from India to Sri Lanka.
The region’s enviable geostrategic location, the naval capacities of India and the two countries ‘ cultural/historical connections generated the whole logical outcome of both countries while maintaining their organic identities and promoting proactive collaboration. In translating India’s latter view SAGAR and SAGARMALA projects, Sri Lanka is especially crucial. This is particularly true when you consider the difficult contours of the two countries ‘ financial resurgence, connectivity, safety, culture, and identity. In Sri Lanka’s search for economic development, India also plays a major role.
During the two-days debates, several important aspects that need to be addressed and studied by both parties were identified. The recommendations taken include the joint study of the chosen topics and the visits of staff to the two universities for the performance of in situ studies and the production of a result document to be presented to both countries ‘ strategic and political leaders.