INDIAN OCEAN CONFERENCE
13th May, 2023 International Relations
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- The sixth international Indian Ocean Conference began in Bangladesh capital city Dhaka.
- The theme of this year's conference is 'Peace, Prosperity and Partnership for a Resilient Future' due to the post-Covid situation and the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war.
- The Indian Ocean Conference (IOC) was started in 2016 and in the last six years it has emerged as the "flagship consultative forum" for countries in the region over regional affairs.
- The conference endeavours to bring critical states and principal maritime partners of the region together on a common platform to deliberate upon the prospects of regional cooperation for Security And Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR).
- India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has shown a proactive approach in terms of Indian Ocean Region.
- This is reflected in his SAGAR Initiative which stands for ‘Security and Growth for All in the Region’.
- The initiative was launched at Mauritius in 2015.
- The doctrine will help in leveraging the blue economy.
- SAGAR also provides India to maintain strategic partnerships with the littoral states of Indian Ocean Region in Asia and Africa.
- It provides India a leadership role and responsibility to engage in capacity building and capability enhancement programmes in the region particularly in a transparent manner.
- The policy is highly relevant and can be interlinked to India’s other maritime initiatives such as the Act East Policy, Project Mausam, Project Sagarmala, Blue Economy etc.
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Q) SAGAR policy of India is highly relevant and can be interlinked to India’s other maritime initiatives such as the Act East Policy, Project Mausam, Project Sagarmala and Blue Economy. Discuss. (250 words)