Aug 27, Colombo: Indian Ocean Conference 2017 (IOC 2017) being organized by the Delhi-based think tank, India Foundation, will be held from 31 August - 2nd September 2017 at Temple Trees in Colombo.
India Foundation will host the conference in collaboration with Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) of Singapore and National institute of Fundamental Studies of Colombo under the theme 'Peace, Progress and Prosperity' in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). The conference is chaired by Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Representatives of all the countries of the Indian Ocean Region and other concerned nations will present their views on what the IOR countries can do to achieve Peace, Progress and Prosperity in region.
The two-day conference will see participation from around 35 countries and have speakers from 25 countries.
The conference will be inaugurated by Chair Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Seychelles Vice-President Vincent Meriton, Singapore Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, India Foundation said.
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will deliver the valedictory address.
There will be ministerial representation from Bangladesh, Japan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Mauritius and Vietnam and the conference will also be attended by senior officials from the USA, Australia, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Germany, Kenya, South Korea and Afghanistan among others, it said.
A special plenary will have speeches from Krishna Bahadur Mahara, deputy prime minister and foreign minister of Nepal, Tofail Ahmed, minister for commerce of Bangladesh, Tilak Marapana, minister of foreign affairs, Sri Lanka and Iwao Horii, parliamentary vice-minister for foreign affairs, Japan.
The conference will also see two plenary sessions on peace and one each on progress and prosperity.
This will be second IOC conference. The first was held in Singapore last year in partnership with think tanks from Singapore, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.