13 March, Bhubaneswar
Ambassadors, Scholars, Diplomats and Ministers from as many as 16 countries of Indo Pacific region would deliberate on values and common destiny, economic cooperation, maritime connectivity and security in the Indo-Pacific region at a three day international conference here.
Kalinga International Foundation (KIF), an independent, non partisan think tank working to develop new and robust partnership between India and the countries of the region is organising a three-day international conference.
KLF Chairman Lalit Mansingh told media here that the conference held for the first time in Odisha will focus on the revival the glorious ties of history ,trade, culture, traditions and customs among the East, North Eastern States of the countries as well as the Southeast Asian countries.
The Conference which will commence on March 16 next would continue till March 18 and debate on among other things energy cooperation, regional connectivity , bilateral relations, tourism, culture and Buddhism.
Mansingh a former Ambassador said a number of Union Ministers, Chief Ministers of East and North Eastern states, academia, diplomats and some top defence personnel and artists would also present their views at the conference.
The theme of the conference is ”Purbasa : East meets East : synergising the North east and Eastern India” with the Indo-Pacific.
The conference, he said, would broadly focus its deliberations on 3Cscommonality, connectivity and culture.
The foundation, he said, would act as a think tank of international standard for the East and North Eastern states to put forth the problems of the region.
Mansingh said conference will bring together for the first time, the east and north eastern region of the country with their proximate neighbors Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka with the ASEAN countries and the countries in the Indo-Pacific region.
He said Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura in north east and Bihar, Chhatisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha , West Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar in South East have strong common ties of history, culture, language and customs and traditions from early times. Both have a rich heritage of links with South east Asia and East Asia.
The conference, he said, is an attempt to establish special relations with 16 countries to promote tourism, trade, culture and create job opportunities in the region.
Mansingh said among the dignitaries from the country Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan, former Chief of Naval Staff of Indian Navy Gen P K Singh, former Vice Chief of Army Gen Arvinder Lamba Administrator R K Dhawan, Prof Shankari Sundararaman, JNU, Ambassador Neelam Deo, Ambassador V S Seshadri will speak on the occasion.
Minister of Buddha Sasan, Sri Lanka Gamini Jayawicrama Perera, Bangladesh Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister A K M Shahajan Kamal, Prof Ajarn Sulak Sivarakasha of Thailand and a host of dignitaries from Mynamar, Thailand, Srikanka, Nepal, Malaysia would also speak in the conference.
On this occasion Kalinga Saraswati Samman will be conferred on two noted scholars Prof Suryanarayan for his book on Indonesia and Sudip Sen for his book on Bali.