Date: Aug 07, 2018

The Bay of Bengal is increasingly gaining salience as part of a strategic maritime space and is witness to the play of geopolitical interests of the many actors that are part of it. While the rise of Asia has been a topic of much deliberation over the past few decades, it is now that the presence of this rise is felt stronger than ever not only within the region but also worldwide.

This event intends to understand how the already existing trade ties between Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia with of the major ports of India’s east coast can be strengthened further commercially. It will also delve deeply into India’s strategic equations with the above mentioned countries, in the Bay of Bengal under the gamut of the Indo-Pacific.

See the programme here.


Abhay K. Singh, Research Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi

Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury, Fellow and Project Coordinator, ORF, Kolkata

Ashok Dhar, Director, ORF Kolkata

Ashok Kantha, Director, Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi

Himanshu Shekhar, Traffic Manager, Kolkata Port Trust

H.C.S. Bisht, Former Vice Admiral, Indian Navy

Pradeep Chauhan, Director, National Maritime Foundation and Former Vice Admiral, Indian Navy

Premesha Saha, Associate Fellow, National Maritime Foundation, New Delhi

Rakhahari Chatterji, Advisor, ORF Kolkata

S.B. Mazumder, Chairman Shipping Committee, Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Kolkata

Swaminathan Rajagopalan, Commercial Director, CMA CGM Agencies (India), Pvt. Ltd.

Venus Asawapoom, Deputy Consul General, Royal Thai Consulate-General in Kolkata

The timing of this event is from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Venue Address

ORF Kolkata