INDO-PACIFIC REGIONAL DIALOGUE
24th November, 2022 International Relations
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Context: The fourth edition of the Indo-Pacific Regional Dialogue (IPRD) will start in Delhi
- IPRD is an apex level international annual conference of the Indian Navy.
- The National Maritime Foundation is Navy’s knowledge partner and chief organizer of each edition of the event.
- The theme of IPRD-2022 is the 'Operationalising the Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative'.
- In 2018, the initial conception of an IPRD was made.
- With the exception of 2020, when it had to be postponed owing to the COVID epidemic, the event has been hosted annually since its initial year in 2018.
- The IPRD reviews the current geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific region and identifies opportunities, dangers, and problems that might be present.
- Additionally, IPRD remains crucial to its interests because one of the main goals of the NMF is to conduct analyses of international relations and geopolitical factors that are important to India strategically, with the aim of proposing maritime Confidence-Building Measures (CBMs) and amplifying maritime cooperation among seafaring nations as well as to achieve a sustainable security environment in the Indo-Pacific Region.
- It has also worked to identify opportunities along the following contemporary themes:
- Theme 1: Weaving the Fabric of Holistic Maritime Security in the Indo-Pacific: Multilateral Options
- Theme 2: Constructing Holistic-Security Bridges across the Western and Eastern Maritime Expanse of the Indo-Pacific
- Theme 3: Building Maritime Connectivity: Ports, Trade, and Transport
- Theme 4: Practical approaches to a Regional Blue Economy [with particular focus on the ecologically-sensitive harvesting of marine resources]
- Theme 5: Capacity-building and Capability Enhancement: Leveraging the Physical and Social Sciences
- Theme 6: Disaster Risk-Reduction and Management: Solutions for SIDS and Vulnerable Littoral States
- It is focused on seven interconnected spokes or pillars:
- Maritime Security,
- Maritime Ecology,
- Maritime Resources,
- Disaster Risk-reduction and Management,
- Trade-Connectivity and Maritime Transport,
- Capacity-building and Resource sharing, and
- Science, Technology and Academic Cooperation.