Date: Jul 12, 2024 Time: 03:30 PM
Port of Call? India and the Sittwe Port

India recently acquired the right to operate its second overseas port, Sittwe, in Myanmar. On 9
May 2023, the Sittwe Port was inaugurated with the arrival of the first Indian cargo ship from

Could Sittwe be a game-changer for the region? Could it help to handle increased maritime traffic?
Will the conflict in Myanmar’s Rakhine State impact economic activity? And do India’s rights to the
port give it a strategic advantage over China?

Bringing together experts on India-Myanmar relations, this event will unpack the present and
future of the Sittwe Port.



15:30 - 15:35 (IN)

Welcome remarks

  • Nilanjan Ghosh, Director, ORF Kolkata and Centre for New Economic Diplomacy (CNED)

15:35 - 15:40 (IN)

Moderator’s introduction

  • Sreeparna Banerjee, Junior Fellow, ORF

15:40 - 16:30 (IN)

Panel discussion

  • Samrat Rahi, Deputy Chairman, Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port 
  • Debashis Chakraborty, Professor, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade
  • Antara Ghosal Singh, Fellow, ORF
  • Amara Thiha, Doctoral Researcher, The Peace Research Institute Oslo and former Research Director, Myanmar Institute of Peace and Security
  • Ophelia Yumlembam, Research Assistant, Dept. of Political Science, DU

16:30 - 16:55 (IN)


Venue Address

ORF Kolkata