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First Meeting of BIMSTEC Track 1.5 Security Dialogue Forum

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  • September 22, 2017
    1030 to 1300 hrs

    Inaugural Session: 1000-1030

    1000-1005: Welcome Remarks: Maj Gen Alok Deb (Retd) DDG IDSA
    1005-1010: Secretary General BIMSTEC speech to be read out by Mr Pankaj Hazarika, Director, BIMSTEC
    1015-1030: Inaugural Address by Ms Preeti Saran, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India

    1030-1045 hrs: High Tea

    Session I: Counter Terrorism and Cooperation in Transnational Crimes, Violent Extremism and Radicalisation [1045-1230 hrs]

    Chair: Lt Gen Prakash Menon (Retd)

    • Ms Prabha Rao (IDSA), “Global Terrorist Trends-Impact on the Countries in the BIMSTEC”
    • Maj Gen AKM Abdur Rahman (BIISS, Bangladesh) “Strengthening Regional Cooperation in Curbing Violent Extremism and Terrorism”
    • Mr. Nilan Nirunthan, Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies, Colombo “Counter-Terrorism in the BIMSTEC Region: Challenges Ahead”
    • Prof Syed Anwar Husain, University of Dhaka, “Violent Extremism and Radicalisation: The Case of Bangladesh”
    • Mr. Sing Visespochanakit, (Thailand) 'Counter-terrorism and Transnational Crimes'
    • Brig Chula Kodithuwakku (Sri Lanka) Counter terrorism, Transnational Crime, Violent Extremism and Radicalization
    • Mr. Mohammad Tofazzel Hossain Miah (Bangladesh)

    Session II: Maritime Security Cooperation and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief [1230-1330]

    Chair: Vice Admiral Anup Singh (Retd)

    • Commodore Abhay K Singh (Retd), IDSA, “Ensuring Maritime Harmony in the Bay of Bengal- An imperative for BIMSTEC
    • Admiral Jayanath Colombage (Retd) (Pathfinder, Sri Lanka) “Geo-Strategic Dynamics and Maritime Security in the Bay of Bengal”
    • Amb U Wynn Lwin (Retd), MISIS, (Myanmar), “Maritime Security and HADR”

    1330-1415: Lunch

    Session III: Cyber Security, Cooperation in Space and Space Technology [1415-1545]

    • Dr Arvind Gupta, Former Deputy NSA
    • Dr. Anis Pervez (CPD, Bangladesh) “Cyber combat: Needs for regional cooperation”
    • Dr. Ajey Lele (IDSA) “An Agenda for BIMSTEC in Outer Space”
    • Dr Gulshan Rai “Cooperative Cyber Security within BIMSTEC Framework”

    1545-1600: tea

    Session IV: Non-traditional Security Challenges [1600-1730]

    Chair: Amb Ashok Kantha

    • Mr. Kesang Wangdi, (Bhutan)
    • Dr Laxmi Dutta Bhatta (ICIMOD, Nepal) "Incentivizing mountain communities for ecosystem services in the Himalayas"
    • Zaw Oo, (Myanmar)
    • Dr Shailesh Nayak, Former Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences (India), “Cooperation to Preserve the Himalayan Ecosystem”
    • Dr Shankar Sharma, (Nepal) “Promoting Regional Development for Peace”

    1730-1800 hrs: Way Forward

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