Visiting Indian Navy Admiral Karambir Singh on Saturday at a high profile gathering in Dhaka urged Bangladesh to further enhance cooperation in the field of information sharing, production of equipment and shipbuilding.
Admiral Karambir, who is currently on four-day visit, reminded Bangladesh that, ‘For Indian navy this region is the heart of maritime engagement.’ He was speaking at a ceremony held at the Bangladesh Navy headquarters attended by top-ranking naval officials, foreign diplomats and academics.
Bangladesh Navy-backed think-tank Bangladesh Institute of Maritime Research and Development hosted the programme on the occasion of their 1st anniversary.
Before visiting Chattogram and Mogla seaports as part of his first official tour as naval chief, Karambir explained the future of the Indian Ocean region and why partnership with Bangladesh was so important to maintain regional stability.
He also outlined three ways of collaboration in the line of current Indian foreign policy.
‘Firstly, it is very important to enhance the maritime security in the region collectively,’ said the chief of the largest naval force in the region further. Secondly, timely and comprehensive information sharing among nations should be encouraged, he added.
‘Thirdly,’ he said, ‘We have to share our resources. To further enhance cooperation in all areas — training, logistics, production of equipment, shipbuilding etc.’
‘We must come together making water around us safe, secure and conducive for sustained growth of the region,’ he told the high profile gathering.
As chief guest, Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury, the Bangladesh Naval chief and chief patron of BIMRAD, in his speech said the Indian Ocean region was increasingly characterised by a multipolar strategic environment.
‘The strategic shift from ‘Asia-Pacific’ to ‘Indo-Pacific’ again testifies to the geostrategic significance of this Ocean. Hence, this Asian century is essentially of maritime in nature,’ said Aurangzeb.
Two more speakers — Rashed Uz Zaman, chairman of International Relations department at Dhaka University, and retired Rear Admiral ASMA Awal —spoke on how BIMRAD could contribute to the maritime affairs and security of Bangladesh.
The former chief of the Naval Staff and BIMRAD chairman retired Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed dwelt on his expectations of cooperation from all concerned organizations, researchers, intellectuals and maritime communities at home and abroad to make this institution a hub of maritime think tank.
Later in the programme, British high commissioner Robert Chatterton Dickson offered their support to BIMRAD.
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