Indo-Pacific Regional Dialogue (IPRD) 2023
The annual Indo-Pacific Regional Dialogue (IPRD), an apex-level international conference organized by the Indian Navy, is set to take place in New Delhi from November 15 to 17, 2023. This prestigious event features a distinguished lineup of speakers and aims to address crucial maritime security and connectivity issues in the Indo-Pacific region.
Conceptual Positioning of IPRD and Goa Maritime Conclave
The IPRD follows closely after the Goa Maritime Conclave 2023, organized by the Indian Navy in Goa from October 29 to 31, 2023. While the Goa Maritime Conclave focuses on strategic-operational engagement among Chiefs-of-Navy and Heads of Maritime Agencies in the Indian Ocean Region, the IPRD takes a broader, strategic-level approach to address holistic maritime security issues across the vast Indo-Pacific.
History and Evolution of IPRD
The IPRD has a history dating back to 2018 when the first edition was held in New Delhi. Subsequent editions took place in 2019, with a pause in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The third edition was conducted in 2021 in an online format, and the fourth edition returned to a physical format in New Delhi in 2022.
Role of the National Maritime Foundation (NMF)
The National Maritime Foundation (NMF) serves as the Indian Navy’s knowledge partner and the chief organizer of each IPRD edition. The conference’s primary goal is to examine various maritime trends in the Indo-Pacific, assess regional opportunities and challenges, and foster solution-oriented discussions among key stakeholders.
Theme of IPRD-2023
The overarching theme of IPRD-2023 is “Geopolitical Impacts upon Indo-Pacific Maritime Trade and Connectivity.” Building on the previous edition’s focus on operationalizing the Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI), this year’s conference hones in on the “Trade, Connectivity, and Maritime Transport” pillar of the IPOI. It delves into the realms of responsible maritime connectivity and the challenges posed by geopolitical disturbances.
IPRD-2023 will feature six professional sessions, each exploring different aspects of maritime trade and connectivity in the Indo-Pacific:
- Nodes of Maritime Connectivity
- China’s Impact vis-à-vis Maritime Connectivity across the Indo-Pacific
- Maritime Connectivity through Shipping and Trade
- Maritime Connectivity through Shipping and Trade (Part 2)
- Private Industry in the Safety and Security of Indo-Pacific Maritime Trade and Shipping
- Maintaining a Rules-based, Safe, and Secure Indo-Pacific
Diverse International Participation
The conference will welcome renowned subject-matter experts and speakers from 16 countries, offering diverse regional perspectives on maritime trade and connectivity issues. Additionally, representatives from various embassies and high commissions in New Delhi will participate, enhancing the international dimension of the event.
IPRD-2023 encourages participation from a broad spectrum of attendees, including students, scholars, citizens, military practitioners, diplomats, and think-tank representatives from both India and abroad. Their contributions will add depth and vibrancy to the discussions at this significant international gathering.