Maritime Security in the Bay of Bengal Symposium 2023

21 Mar 2023

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:


  • Session One: Illegal and Forced Migration - the challenge of human-trafficking and other maritime crime
  • Session Two: Illegal fishing - the challenges with monitoring and tracking illegal activities across the region
  • Session Three: Climate change and Environmental Protection - impacts of sea-level rise, natural disasters, pollution and plastics in the sea
  • Session Four: The future of regional cooperation – the role of regional actors in promoting regional cooperation to tackle maritime security challenges in the region


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.