Navy’s ‘Galle Dialogue 2019’ confab begins today | Daily News


55 countries attending
Theme: Transnational Maritime Threats

Navy’s ‘Galle Dialogue 2019’ confab begins today

‘Galle Dialogue 2019’, the regular international maritime conference organized by the Sri Lanka Navy under the auspices of the Ministry of Defence, begins in Colombo today with delegates from 55 countries, 12 international organizations and 03 defence industry firms participating.

This is the 10th edition of the Navy’s flagship international event which is being held today and tomorrow at the Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, under the theme ‘Refining Mindset to Address Transnational Maritime Threats; A Review of the Decade’, a SLN press release said.

The Navy hopes that the wide international participation in this major regional naval gathering will highlight Sri Lanka’s swift recovery after the shock of last April’s Easter Sunday suicide bombing tragedy.

Galle Dialogue 2019, under the theme of “Refining mindset to address transnational maritime threats: A review of the decade” intends to focus on addressing the future with a revised mind-set to meet maritime threats based on the experiences of the last 10 years, according to the press release. Participating interested stakeholders will present case-studies based on facts, figures, lessons learned and recommendations in preparing for the third decade of the new millennium.“This past decade has been a transformative period for the Indian Ocean as the focus on piracy, that dominated concerns at the beginning of the decade in the ocean space, shifted, by the end of the decade, to a focus on transnational maritime crimes, maritime disasters, shipping and ports, marine pollution, regional maritime issues and finally to geo-strategic concerns, the release said.

An unusual feature of this year’s Dialogue will be distribution of a complimentary conference T-shirt made of re-cycled plastic, being the output of the Navy’s own ‘Green’ re-cycling project.

The Navy release said: “In support of the national policy on environmental conservation, the Navy under the ‘Neela Haritha Sangramaya’ green conservation programme initiated by Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva, has set in motion several initiatives to conserve the environment, including plastic recycling and upcycling projects over recent years.

This year, the Navy intends to give away a Galle Dialogue T-shirt, made of special fabric produced from a yarn developed from recycled PET bottles, to all participants.

During the time of the conference, on display on the nearby Galle Face Green will be the Navy’s latest military hardware export - the ‘Cedric’ type in-shore patrol boats constructed by the Sri Lanka Navy for littoral warfare and patrols. Reputed for their high speed maneuverability these in-shore patrol boats gained high recognition largely due to the standards maintained in their production.

The Navy has already successfully exported the Cedric boats to Nigeria and The Seychelles.The boats will also be stationed off-shore from Galle Face for inspection of attending navies and international organizations.

The latest updates of the conference can be viewed by visiting the official website of Galle Dialogue and the conference is scheduled to be live-streamed on the website on October 21 and 22.

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