Galle Dialogue since its inception in 2010 has created a forum for all stakeholders to express their opinion for common good in maritime affairs through cooperation, collaboration and partnerships. Since then the forum has attracted players from region and beyond to visit this annual gathering to network and renew association just as the role Port of Galle played many centuries back. Seafaring traders using sea as a mode of connectivity at sailing days gathered at Galle bringing along with them deferent cultural values and best practices in seafaring whilst the neutrality of the island of serendipity encouraged the interaction and cherished the inter-dependency. Having repeated the same avatar, this year’s Galle Dialogue; the 10th edition is aiming to review the position presently during the course made good for last 10 years.
This past decade had been a transforming period for Indian ocean as piracy dominated concerns at the beginning of the decade in the ocean space shifted to transnational maritime crimes, maritime disasters, shipping and ports, marine pollution, regional maritime issues and finally to geo-strategic concerns by the end of the decade. All stakeholders of the Galle Dialogue over the last ten years has responded singularity or collectively for these concerns and these responses leave much room to learn from each other. The learning process has been unique as one stakeholder learn through their experience, another stakeholder destine to repeat same process in a deferent time scale with variations peculiar to the region or to the State. During this ten years each stakeholder contributed to the common good of seafaring in wide variety of way as per individual national interest. These contributions again leave window of opportunity to learn through retrospective analysis of each others to make the seas safer for all.
The Galle Dialogue 2019, under the theme of “Refining mindset to address transnational maritime threats; A review of the decade” intend to focus on addressing the future with revised mind-set to meet the maritime threats based on the experiences of last 10 years from all stakeholders. In this forum, the stakeholders will be invited to present their case-studies based on facts and figures with lessons leant and recommendation in preparing for the third decade of the new millennium. The focus is to revisit the issues that each stakeholder faced during a decade time to learn the best practices in addressing, mitigating and curbing the threats posed to the good order of the maritime space in the Indian ocean.
It is timely need to have a comprehensive approach to regulate the Maritime Security issues in safeguarding common prosperity and security interests as it effectively protects and supports legitimate activities, while countering the threat of current and emerging terrorist, hostile, illegal or dangerous acts within the maritime domain. By ensuring freedom of navigation and commerce, this forum also has the capability and capacity to promote security for regional and global economics. Ensuring Maritime Security requires strong and enduring partnerships between civilian and military authorities. Therefore, partnerships between all the stakeholders could be achieved by this kind of initiatives with the respective strengths of relevant actors in the domain of Maritime sector.
Featuring on this year them of Galle Dialogue, the purpose of meeting high level leaderships and decision makers in a unique forum is to share information and experiences of how individual navies maritime agencies could collaborate and utilize innovative technologies to fulfill strategic, operational and tactical requirements to achieve common maritime interests. Further, forwarding and discussing of operational case studies in contemporary maritime issues, the forum will provide a good venue for world navies and other stakeholders to introduce a new perspective to address common maritime issues and extended an opportunity for collaboration and cooperative partnerships.