The Indian Navy, under the aegis of the Naval War College, Goa, is hosting the fourth edition of the Goa Maritime Conclave (GMC) from 29 to 31 October 2023.
About Goa Maritime Conclave (GMC)
- The GMC is an Indian Navy initiative that provides a multinational platform for practitioners of maritime security and academia to share their wisdom towards achieving outcome-oriented maritime thought.
- The event, which is held biennially, has had three previous editions in 2017, 2019, and 2021.
- It provides a forum for chiefs of navy and heads of maritime agencies to exchange views on contemporary and future maritime challenges and to present cooperative strategies for enhancing interoperability amongst partner maritime agencies.
- This year's theme for the GMC is "Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean Region: Converting Common Maritime Priorities into Collaborative Mitigating Frameworks".
- It has been derived with the necessity of synergizing and collaborating efforts in the maritime domain towards achieving maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) in mind.
- Adm R Hari Kumar, Chief of the Naval Staff of Indian Navy, will host Chiefs of Navies/ Heads of Maritime Forces/ Senior Representatives from 12 Indian Ocean littorals, including Comoros, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Madagascar, Malaysia, Myanmar, Seychelles, Mauritius, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.
The conclave will feature four sessions with eminent speakers and subject matter experts focusing on:
- Identifying gaps in regulatory and legal frameworks for achieving maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
- GMC nations should collaborate on a unified maritime strategy and protocols to address threats and challenges.
- Identification and establishment of collaborative training programmes with the center of excellence across the IOR.
- Leveraging existing multilateral organizations in the IOR to generate collective maritime competencies.
Visiting dignitaries can witness India's indigenous shipbuilding industry, including warships and the Deep Submergence Rescue Vessel (DSRV), at the "Make in India Exhibition".