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NIMA’s Hybrid Seminar on the Indian & Pacific Oceans

Today, the National Institute of Maritime Affairs (NIMA) in collaboration with the Royal Malaysian Navy – Sea Power Centre (RMN – SPC), Pakistan Embassy in France, Centre for International Studies (CeSI) in Italy, and the Institute of Regional Studies held an international hybrid seminar on the regional and international significance of the Indian and Pacific Oceans at the NIMA Head office in Islamabad.
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On 4th March 2024, the National Institute of Maritime Affairs organised a hybrid seminar on understanding regional and international perspectives about the Indian and Pacific Oceans as well as their challenges in the 21st century. Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed was the chief guest at the event, while H.E. Asim Iftikhar Ahmed, Pakistan’s Ambassador to France joined as the guest of honor through Zoom.

In the opening remarks, the President of NIMA highlighted the significance of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, their security-related issues, and their effect on the maintenance of good order at sea.

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NIMA Rear Adm (Retd) Jean Mathieu Rey

Ambassador Masood Khalid articulated China’s viewpoint on emerging challenges in the Indian-Pacific region, while Rear Adm (Retd) Jean Mathieu Rey, Senior Research Fellow FMES, France, presented the European perspective. Mr. Tiziano Marino, Head Asia Pacific Analysis Unit at CeSI, Italy, shared Italy’s insights.

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Rear Admiral Dato Pahlawan Abd Halim bin Hj Shaari (RMN-SPC) offered the perspective of ASEAN countries. Rear Admiral Faisal Ali Shah elaborated on Pakistan’s thought process, and the seminar was succinctly summarized by President IRS, Amb. Nadeem Riyaz.

In the concluding address by the chief guest, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed pointed out the disruptive behavior of India in the Indian Ocean. The impounding of Pakistani-bound commercial cargo was characterized as state-sponsored piracy.

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The event was well-attended by academia, professionals, diplomatic corps, representatives of think tanks, Paradigm Shift’s CEO and COO, subject matter specialists, government officials, faculty members, defense officers, and key maritime stakeholders.


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