Dr. P. Krishnan is visiting Bangladesh to attend the IX Intergovernmental Session of the IOC Regional Committee for the Central Indian Ocean (IOCINDIO-IX) held in Dhaka from 28-30 Mar 2023. Dr. A K Abdul Momen, MP, Foreign Minister, Government of Bangladesh, inaugurated the event. Representatives from 14 member states of IOCINDIO, including India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Maldives, and Sri Lanka took part. Issues ranging from blue economy, marine biodiversity preservation, marine ecosystem and human health, UN Decade of Ocean Science and future activities of IOCINDIO were discussed during the event.
Speaking during the High-Level Panel Discussion, Dr. Krishnan emphasized the importance of utilizing existing cooperation platforms for ocean research and conservation in the Indian Ocean Region, under the aegis of organizations such as BOBP-IGO, FAO, and CBD. He called for mainstreaming networking within existing national research projects and programs to meet the targets of the Ocean Decade.
Earlier, Dr. Krishnan met senior officials from the Ministry/ Department of Fisheries, Government of Bangladesh, CIRDAP and SAARC Agricultural Centre (SAC) and discussed possibilities for collaboration and knowledge-sharing among countries in the region.