MEA Secretary (East) Riva Ganguly Das will represent India at the Summit

India will host the two-day (November 23-24) East Asia Summit Conference on Maritime Security Cooperation in partnership with Australia. It will be held in Kolkata, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement on Monday.

Apart from the two governments, organizers of the Summit include the ASEAN-India Centre (AIC) at Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) in collaboration with National Maritime Foundation (NMF) of Australia and the Research Centre for East and North East Regional Studies, Kolkata (CENERS-K), the Ministry said.

During the conference, experts from both government and academia from the EAS participating countries will deliberate 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.