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Three-day Int’l Maritime Conference concludes at Karachi

Three-day Int’l Maritime Conference concludes at Karachi
February 11, 2019
KARACHI (92 News) – The three-day International Maritime Conference organized on the theme of “Global Geopolitics in Transition: Rethinking Maritime Dynamics in the Indian Ocean Region” concluded at Karachi. The Conference was conducted by National Institute of Maritime Affairs (NIMA) under the auspices of Pakistan Navy as part of Multinational Maritime Exercise AMAN-19. Federal Minister for Defence, Pervez Khattak was the Chief Guest of the event. Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi was also present on the occasion. While addressing the audience, the defence minister stated that the current maritime threats and emerging Geo-Strategic situation is posing new challenges and risks to the stakeholders in the Region. The situation will provide constructive dialogue and develop collective mechanism. The International Maritime Conference has provided a platform to the scholars as well as practitioners to deliberate on the contemporary maritime challenges and share understanding of the dynamics in the maritime domain. The minister expressed his confidence that the conference deliberations and its valuable recommendations will provide insight to maritime stakeholders for effective policy making. He also thanked all the guests, panellists and dignitaries and congratulated NIMA for successful conduct of the conference. In the context of CPEC, Pervez Khattak said that amongst the recent maritime development in our region, China Pakistan Economic Corridor is rightfully considered a Game Changer, not only for Pakistan but for economic well-being and prosperity of the entire region. With the progress of CPEC and Gwadar port, maritime activities would increase manifold, especially in the Western Indian Ocean. The responsibilities of Pakistan Navy would also increase for maintaining a secure maritime environment for smooth flow of sea trade, he said. Earlier, Vice Admiral (Retd) Syed Khawar Ali Shah, Director General National Institute of Maritime Affairs integrated the conference presentations. Heads of various panellists also presented the recommendations of their respective panels.