The Royal United Services Institute, UK, in partnership with the Pathfinder Foundation, Sri Lanka has organized the Maritime Security the Bay of Bengal Symposium on Friday 24 March at The Galle Face Hotel, Colombo. HE Sarah Hulton OBE, British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka delivered the keynote address during the opening remarks of the symposium. Ambassador Bernard Goonetilleke, Chairman of Pathfinder Foundation, 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. Professor Rasheduzzaman, Lead Researcher of BIMRAD, and Nur Ahmed, Research Officer of BIMRAD researchers presented the 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.