Day 01 full schedule

October 11, 2018

Opening Plenary

08.50 am

National Anthem

08.55 am

Lighting of Traditional Oil Lamp

09.00 am

Introductory Remarks

Dr.Ganeshan Wignaraja, Executive Director, LKI

09.05 am

Welcome Address

Hon.Tilak Marapana, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka

09.10 am

Keynote Speech

Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka

09.25 am

Address by

Ambassador Peter Thomson, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean

Inaugural Panel – Navigating Challenges and Prospects in the Indian Ocean: Towards a Shared Understanding

The Indian Ocean has long played host to some of the world’s most important trade and communication corridors, and its littoral states are now rapidly emerging as new drivers of the global economy. However, the region also faces a number of challenges. This panel will bring together officials from major littoral states and users of the Indian Ocean to outline their shared vision for the future of the region.

09.35 am

Opening Remarks by

Chair of the Panel Hon. Dr.Harsha de Silva, State Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs

09.45 am

Panel Discussion with High-Level Officials/Experts from Key Indian Ocean Littoral States and Major Maritime Users

[Composition of Panel:

Shri.Pankaj Saran, Deputy National Security Advisor, Government of India,

AmbassadorAnil Sooklal, Deputy Director General at Department of International Relations and Cooperation, South Africa, and Chair of Committee of Senior Officials of IORA,

Ms. Alice G Wells, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, US State Department,

Mr. Yi Xianliang, Director General, Department of Boundary and Ocean Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China,

Mr. Prasad Kariyawasam, Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka].

10.45 am

Remarks on Administrative Arrangements for the Conference

10.50 am

Break for Tea & Coffee

Round Table Session 1 – The Indian Ocean Economy: The New Global Growth Pole

The Indian Ocean economy has become a major driver of global growth over the past two decades and has the potential to become a dominant force in the world economy by 2025. But the diversity in the region’s economies requires the right policies to make the most of its potential. This session will seek to set out the priorities to ensure the Indian Ocean’s future as the new global growth pole.

11.20 am
Introductory Comments by Co-Chairs (Dr.Ganeshan Wignaraja, Executive Director, LKI,
Prof. Prabir De, Professor, Research and Information System for Developing Countries, India)

11.30 am

Remarks by Speakers

Ms Caroline Vinot, Head of South Asia Division of the European External Action Service

Prof.Masahiro Kawai, Representative Director and Director-General, Economic Research Institute for North Asia, Japan, and Former Special Advisor the ADB President

Prof. Suthiphand Chirathivat, Associate Professor, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

11.50 am

Comments from Discussants/Participants

12.50 pm

Closing Remarks by Co-Chairs

01.00 pm

Break for Lunch

Round Table Session 2 – Life below Water: Reframing the Oceans as Development Spaces

Oceans cover more than 70% of the Earth’s surface and are an essential base for human life. But a rapidly growing population and the resulting increase in pollution threatens the health of our oceans. This session will explore the opportunities to establish economically-viable polices at the regional level, which favour the sustainable and low-pollution development of the Indian Ocean.

02.30 pm

Introductory Comments by Co-Chairs

(Prof. Mohan Munasinghe, Founder Chairman, Munasinghe Institute for Development,

Prof. Erika Techera, Professor of Law, University of Western Australia)

02.40 pm

Remarks by Speakers

Dr Ananda Mallawathantri, Country Representative/Sri Lanka, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Mr George Cooke, Deputy Director, Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS), Sri Lanka

03.00 pm

Comments from Discussants/Participants

04.00 pm

Closing Remarks by Co-Chairs

04.10 pm

Break for Tea & Coffee

07.00 pm


Hosted by Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka at Temple Trees

Day 02 full schedule

October 12, 2018

Round Table Session 3 – An End to Uncertainty: Safety and Security at Sea

The Indian Ocean is emerging as a major geopolitical theatre due to the ever-increasing trade through its sea-lanes. At the same time, nations of the Indian Ocean rim have witnessed the growth of non-traditional threats to maritime security. This session will discuss the most pressing security threats in the Indian Ocean and highlight the opportunities for regional understanding and cooperation.

09.00 am

Introductory Comments by Co-Chairs

(Adm. Travis Sinniah, Former Commander of Sri Lankan Navy, and
Former Navy Chief Adm. (Retd.) R.K. Dhowan, Chairman, National Maritime Foundation of India.

09.10 am

Remarks by Speakers

Ambassador Markus Potzel, Commissioner for South Asia, Federal Foreign Office of Germany

Dr.Maria Sultan, Chairperson and President, South Asian Strategic Stability Institute, Pakistan

Capt. Raul Pedrozo, Principal Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, US Indo-Pacific Command

Vice Adm. (Retd) Anup Singh, former C-in-C, Eastern Naval Command would be participating in this Session as an expert panelist.

09.50 am

Comments from Discussants and Participants

10.30 am

Closing Remarks by Co-Chairs

10.40 am

Break for Tea & Coffee

Round Table Session 4 – Reinforcing International Law in the Indian Ocean: UNCLOS and Emerging Issues

UNCLOS is the core of the ocean governance regime. The rise of non-traditional security threats and new challenges require collective reflection and deliberation to find effective solutions. This session will consider how to ensure and enhance the prosperity, sustainability, and stability of the Indian Ocean within a rules-based approach.

11.10 am

Introductory Comments by Co-Chairs

(Dr.Rohan Perera, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in New York, Dr. Natalie Klein, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales, Australia)

11.20 am

Remarks by Speakers

Mr Alan Cole, Head, Global Maritime Crime Programme, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Prof.Andrew Serdy, Professor of Public International Law and Ocean Governance, University of Southampton, United Kingdom

Prof. Bimal Patel, Vice Chancellor, Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), India

12.00 am

Comments from Discussants and Participants

12.40 pm

Closing Remarks by Co-Chairs

Closing Plenary

01.00 pm

Summary of Round Table Sessions

Senior Prof. Nayani Melegoda, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo

01.20 pm

Remarks on the Way Forward

Hon. Dr.Harsha de Silva, State Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs

01.35 pm