Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral R Hari Kumar recently outlined a vision for maritime collaboration in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) at the Goa Maritime Conclave (GMC).
His proposals focused on building maritime competence through collective efforts in areas like maritime law, sea-borne narcotics trade, and environmental stewardship. Here are some FAQs to understand the intricate details of his vision.
1. What is the Goa Maritime Conclave (GMC)?
GMC is a platform where maritime issues relevant to the IOR are discussed. This was its fourth edition.
2. What did CNS Admiral R Hari Kumar propose?
He proposed building collective maritime competence in various areas like maritime law and combating sea-borne narcotics.
3. What is the concept of Regional Centres of Excellence (CoE)?
CNS suggested that these CoEs could act as repositories for information and best management practices related to maritime issues.
4. What is the significance of Common Maritime Priorities?
According to CNS, focusing on common priorities would lay the foundation for the proposed CoEs.
5. How does this relate to the larger dynamics of the IOR?
CNS emphasized that the IOR is intrinsically linked to the wider global maritime space and suggested a rational approach to prioritizing efforts.
6. Is GMC an action-oriented platform?
CNS put forth proposals to make GMC an action-oriented functional platform for maritime cooperation.
7. How will the proposals impact maritime surveillance?
Enhanced cooperation will likely improve maritime surveillance capabilities within the IOR.
8. What was the emphasis on environmental stewardship?
CNS underlined the importance of collective efforts in taking care of the marine environment.
9. Are there plans to include other nations in this collaboration?
While specifics were not detailed, the idea is to channelize and concentrate efforts based on various nations’ proficiencies and experiences.
10. What are ‘minilateral and multilateral constructs’ in this context?
CNS referred to various existing bilateral, minilateral, and multilateral frameworks that need to be prioritized for effective maritime collaboration.