The third edition of Indian Ocean Conference
began at Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam on August 26. The theme of the two- day
conference will focus on ‘Building Regional Architectures’, particularly with
regards to trade and commerce, security and governance. It was inaugurated by
Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
This year’s conference will see 43 countries as
participants while 28 ministers and officials are set to address the event. The
key speakers include Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Deputy Prime Minister
and Minister of Foreign Affairs Vietnam Pham Bihn Minh, Deputy Prime Minister
and Minister for Health & Population, Nepal Upendra Yadav and Minister of
Foreign Affairs, Singapore, Vivian Balakrishnan along with other notables.
Representatives from Indian and foreign Think Tanks will also grace the
This year, the Indian Ocean Conference will
emphasize on better cooperation, strategic collaboration and governance
architectures. This conference will serve a platform to the countries to come
closer and exchange better views on the economic and strategic importance of
the region and neighborhood.
Earlier, the conference was held in Singapore and
Sri Lanka in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Organised by Indian Foundation along
with the partners from Singapore, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka this is an
initiative to bring the state leaders, diplomats and bureaucrats from across
the region under one roof to strengthen the understanding among each other.