Shringla urges better security and commerce cooperation in Indian Ocean

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The pandemic and emerging dangers have underlined the need for collaboration and common solutions, and India is prepared to contribute to these efforts, according to Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla. Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla said on Monday that countries in the Indian Ocean area need a new cooperative architecture for their common maritime space to maintain both security and open trade.

The Covid-19 pandemic and emerging dangers have emphasised the need for collaboration and common solutions, and India is ready to contribute to these efforts, he said at the Goa Maritime Conclave on the theme.“Maritime security and emerging non-traditional threats: A case for proactive role for IOR navies”.

 “A new cooperative architecture for our common maritime space that ensures security for its inhabitants, driven by our realities, and our aspirations to lead better lives, is necessary to grasp this opportunity.”said Harsh Shringla, noting that the prosperity and well-being of people in the region are built on a foundation of law-and-order and security.

While security has generally been associated with addressing external security concerns in foreign policy, he claims that countries in the region are now facing non-traditional and sub-conventional threats that necessitate new solutions.

“We now operate on the basis of an expanded concept of human security that takes a broader view,” he said.He denoted that the region’s navies, coast guard units, and maritime security agencies need to work more closely together because no one can predict all of the difficulties that may come.

“India remains ready and eager to contribute its fair share – and more – to addressing these issues,” Shringla added. Countries in the Indian Ocean region can seek to improve their structures, understandings, procedures, and resources in order to better handle difficulties. He added, “It will also allow us to build a surge capacity to deal with the unknown.”

The epidemic has caused a rebalancing, resulting in a dispersion of capacities, notably for Indian Ocean states. “Everyone here is improving their capacity to come up with common answers to common problems. That implies we’ll be able to accomplish more as a team,” he continued. Harsh Shringla, speaking on the changes brought on by the Covid-19 epidemic, said governments were working on new solutions.

He pointed out that many of these joint operations are in the areas of policing and law enforcement, which are more fit for the “newer and continuously shifting danger matrix.” Transnational crime syndicates involved in human trafficking, smuggling, and narcotics, irresponsible fishing that jeopardises food security, maritime accidents that pollute the environment, and natural disasters that affect coastal economic and population centres were among Shringla’s non-traditional and sub-conventional security threats and problems.

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