President Alvi addresses opening ceremony of International Maritime Opening 2019
KARACHI: The three-day International Maritime Conference organized on the theme of ‘Global Geopolitics in Transition: Rethinking Maritime Dynamics in the Indian Ocean Region’ under the auspices of National Institute of Maritime Affairs commenced on Saturday.
The conference is being held in tandem with biennial Multinational Maritime Exercise – AMAN 2019.
President Dr Arif Alvi, while addressing the conference, underscored the importance of Blue Economy and effective use of Ocean resources as key to Pakistan’s future.
He stated that Indian Ocean acts as a strategic gateway for food, maritime transportation and energy supplies to the world and the presence of major powers in the Indian Ocean Region (I0R), signifies its importance under a complex security environment.
Appreciating the role of Pakistan Navy, the President said that the collaborative maritime security engagements with regional and extra-regional navies in the form of “AMAN-19” signify Pakistan’s resolve and commitment towards global peace and prosperity.
Also speaking at the occasion, Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi said Pakistan has always been an ardent supporter of maritime cooperation, and being the pioneer partner of Combined Maritime Forces’ (CMF) task forces CTF150 and CTF 151, Pakistan has been the largest regional contributor to these constructs in terms of men and material.
On our national front, Pakistan has commenced ‘Regional Maritime Security Patrols’ (RMSP) which aims to maintain security posture in critical sea areas and choke points in the Indian Ocean.
Pakistan, located at a strategic position in the Indian Ocean, needs to prepare itself for the challenges and work out viable strategy for the development of the maritime sector, he said.
Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi further highlighted that the 6thAMAN Exercise is an embodiment of Pakistan’s commitment toward global peace and harmony where the naval forces from across the continent are brought on a single platform to enhance combating capabilities in the wake of traditional and non-traditional security challenges.
The inaugural session was followed by two academic sessions in which various international and national scholars along with academia from Canada, China, Russian, Iran, Maldives, Sri Lanka presented their papers.