Date: Jun 30, 2023
Friday Afternoon Talk | Bangladesh and India: Shaping the future of the Indo-Pacific

Bangladesh is India’s largest trade and development partner in South Asia; the two countries share a close strategic partnership; and they continue to expand their cooperation in the realms of security, defence, transport, connectivity, and energy, among other areas. The panel, ‘Bangladesh and India: Shaping the Future of the Indo-Pacific’ will focus on Bangladesh–India cooperation in the context of India’s vision of the Indo-Pacific construct, and Bangladesh’s recently announced Indo-Pacific Outlook (2023) that seeks to promote a free, open, peaceful, secure, and inclusive Indo-Pacific. The deliberations will examine these twin perspectives, and explore how they might translate into collaborative actions that allow both nations to realise their mutual aspirations, and help shape the future of the Indo-Pacific region.

03:00-3:10 pm

Opening remarks: 

Nilanjan Ghosh, Director Centre for New Economic Diplomacy and ORF Kolkata, India.
03:10-03:30 pm

Special remarks: 

Andalib Elias, Deputy High Commissioner, Deputy High Commission of Bangladesh in Kolkata, India
3:30- 04:30 pm 

Panel discussion


  • Rashed Uz Zaman, Professor, International Relations, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Shomi Kaiser, Bangladesh Member in the Executive Committee of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Chamber of Commerce and Industry and President of e-Commerce Association of Bangladesh
  • Kallol Bhattacherjee, Senior Assistant Editor, The Hindu, India
  • Riya Sinha, Associate Fellow, Centre for Social and Economic Progress, India


Sohini Bose, Junior Fellow, ORF, India.
04:30- 04: 55 pm Interactive discussion
04:55-05:00 pm

Vote of thanks: 

Sreeparna Banerjee, Junior Fellow, ORF India
05:00 pm onwards  High tea