The Royal United Services Institute, UK, in partnership with Bangladesh Institute of Maritime Research and Development (BIMRAD) has organized the Bay of Bengal Maritime Security Symposium on Tuesday 21 March at The Westin Hotel, Dhaka. HE Robert Chatterton Dickson, British High Commissioner to Bangladesh delivered the keynote address during the opening remarks of the symposium. Captain M Minarul Hoque, (H), BCGM, psc, BN Director General, BIMRAD delivered the welcome address.
The conference brought together policymakers, practitioners, academics, and the private sector to discuss some of the mutual challenges facing the region within the maritime security domain. BIMRAD researchers presented their findings from the research conducted over the past six months in collaboration with RUSI. A distinguished panel commented on the research findings at the symposium.
The Symposium was divided into four sessions focusing on the following topics:
Partners from India, Maldives, and Sri Lanka also presented their views and commented on the research findings. The discussion at the Symposium produced some captivating ideas about identifying how countries can best align their responses against maritime security challenges in this region.