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Fifth East Asia Summit (EAS) Conference on Maritime Security Cooperation Underway in Kolkata

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The fifth edition of EAS Conference on Maritime Security Cooperation is being held in Kolkata on 23-24 November 2021. The event is being organized by India in partnership with Australia. Apart from the two governments, organizers include the ASEAN-India Centre (AIC) at Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) in collaboration with National Maritime Foundation (NMF) and the Research Centre for East and North East Regional Studies, Kolkata (CENERS-K).

The fourth edition of EAS Conference on Maritime Security Cooperation was held in Chennaiin 2020.

The first Conference was organized in New Delhi in November 2015, the second in Goa in November 2016 and the third in Bhubaneswar in June 2018.

During the conference, experts from both government and academia from the EAS participating countries is deliberating upon various aspects of maritime security cooperation under four thematic sessions, namely Maritime Security; Resource and Information Sharing; Science and Technology Cooperation; and Pandemic and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management. The event will conclude with a panel discussion on the Way Forward.

The EAS is composed of 18 members- the ten ASEAN countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Las, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam) along with Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Russia and the United States.

Since its establishment in 2005, the East Asia Summit has been playing an important role in the regional architecture of Asia-Pacific. India is committed to strengthening EAS as an ASEAN-led organization.

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