Indian Ocean Region (IOR) stretches from 20 degree East to 147 degree East. IOR considered as the third largest water body, occupies 20 percent of world’s oceanic area and spreads across 73.6 million square kilometres. 33 countries from Africa to Australia form littoral States of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
Indian Navy is getting ready to host the inaugural event of a newly-launched cooperative, consultative and inclusive regional initiative, Indian Ocean Naval Symposium – IONS 2008. IONS is similar to Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS).
Important features of IONS – 2008.
- Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will inaugurate the event on February 14.
- Twenty-nine nations have confirmed their participation. Participation by Iran and Pakistan is not yet confirmed.
- Event is to be conducted in two parts - a two-day seminar at New Delhi and followed by a two-day conclave in Goa of the naval chiefs of the participating countries.
- The theme of the Seminar is Contemporary Trans-national Challenges – International Maritime Connectivities.
- An opportunity to witness India’s foremost Defence Exhibition, ‘DEFEXPO-2008’, from February 16 to 19.
- Proposed to be conducted as a biennial event.
Here is the map showing Indian Ocean boundary
Update February 17:
Click here to read Indian Defence Minister’s and Chief of the Naval Staff’s address during IONS-2008.
IONS-2008 was attended by heads of navies of 27 nations of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). The Symposium founded a cooperative and inclusive forum of IOR countries and would also provide a platform for the conduct of training exchanges, seminars, table-top exercises, workshops etc.
All attendees were fully supportive of the concept of IONS. The conclave agreed to a ‘broad consensus’ that will be the guiding arrangement until the formal Charter is finally signed. The consensus reached, include the following :-
- The Symposium of IONS (including the Conclave of Chiefs) will meet every two years.
- The Chairmanship (and Secretariat) will rotate. The next venue would be on the agenda at the Goa session.
- Cooperative endeavours such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief will be the immediate core area of thrust. A seminar for young officers was also agreed to.
- Categories of membership was accepted in principle and it was further agreed that observers would be accepted only by common consensus.
The Minister of State for Defence Sh Pallam Raju delivered the concluding address at the seminar.
Update August 28:
Indian Navy is expanding its influence among the over 30 Indian Ocean countries with efficient delivery of aid during natural disasters. Indian Navy is capable of rushing relief material to IOR countries within 24 hours. Read more from Thaindian News.
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