With various activities going on during the second day of the ‘IDEAS 2018’, various dignitaries from Italy, Jordan, Poland, Sri Lanka and Turkey called on Vice-Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Kaleem Shaukat.

Prominent amongst the visiting dignitaries were Commander Royal Jordanian Naval Forces Brigadier General Ibrahim Salman Al Naimat, Defence and National Armament (Italy) Deputy Director and Secretary General Admiral Dario Giacomin, Sri Lankan Navy DG Admin Rear Admiral KG Paul, Poland Army Director Armament Brig General Karlo Dymonowski, Defence Industries (Turkey) Vice President Murat Seker and Vice President M/S Leonardo (Italy) Maurizio Facchin.

During the meetings, matters related to defence collaboration, including joint development of platforms, equipment and sensors, training exchange programmes in diverse fields and common maritime challenges were discussed.

As a capstone activity in IDEAS-2018, National Centre for Maritime Policy Research (NCMPR) Karachi Chapter of National Institute of Maritime Affairs (NIMA) under the auspices of Pakistan Navy organized a Maritime Conference on the topic ‘Maritime Security Dynamics and Requirement of Innovative Solutions for Indian Ocean Region.’

Vice Admiral Kaleem Shaukat was the chief guest on the occasion and Brigadier General Ibrahim Salman Al Naimat, Commander of Royal Jordanian Naval Forces as the Guest of Honour in the conference. Maritime Affairs Minister Ali Haider Zaidi also participated in the conference. While addressing the occasion, the minister stated, “We are sitting at the doorstep of a diamond mine, and Pakistan Navy’s efforts to enhance awareness in maritime sector are commendable.”

During the conference, apart from prominent domestic speakers, eminent foreign scholars also dwelled upon myriad of complex military and maritime related challenges and their solutions. Vice chief of naval staff, while highlighting the significance of Indian Ocean Region in prevailing milieu, dilated upon the myriad of maritime security challenges being faced by the littoral states.

He emphasized that besides, collaboration and information sharing with partner nations, the demands of effective maritime domain awareness also require capability enhancement through technological innovations. Only by utilizing latest technological solutions coupled with apt tactics, we can address evolving maritime security challenges. While highlighting the role of Pakistan Navy in maritime security efforts, Vice Chief of Naval Staff expressed that Pakistan Navy has remained an active contributor in multinational coalition efforts. Recently, it has also embarked upon a strategic initiative of Regional Maritime Security Patrol to further the objective of regional maritime security.

In his address on the occasion, Jordanian naval forces commander expressed that maritime security challenges are complex and inter-connected. The only solution to tackle these challenges lies in greater cooperation and collaboration amongst all stakeholders. He applauded the contents of the papers by the speakers and commended Pakistan Navy for spearheading multilateral maritime engagements to contribute effectively to the overall regional security environment in general; and maritime domain, in particular.