• 7th October 2017 (Saturday) - Arrival of foreign participants and check in to hotels in Colombo

  • 8th October 2017 (Sunday) - Day Outing in Colombo for foreign participants

    Time Activity
    0750 hrs Assemble at Galle Face Hotel
    0800 hrs Depart for Colombo City Tour
    (Drive through Off Galle Face Green - Old Parliament - Colombo Light House - Buddhist Temple, Chaithya Road - Twin Tower - Dutch Hospital - Main Street)
    0830 hrs Visit Gangarama Buddhist Temple
    0900 hrs Drive through Public Library - Vihara Maha Devi Park - Nelum Pokuna Theatre - Old Race Course
    0930 hrs Shopping at ‘Laksala’
    1015 hrs Photo Shooting at Independence Square
    1100 hrs Tea / Refreshments at Boatyard Diyawanna Lake
    1120 hrs Boat Ride around Parliament Complex
    1230 hrs Sri Lankan Lunch at Restaurant ‘Thuna Paha’, Hotel ‘Waters Edge’, Battaramulla
    1430 hrs Depart Hotel ‘Waters Edge'
    1530 hrs Arrive at respective Hotels
  • 8th October 2017 (Sunday) - Icebreaker Dinner at Galle Face Hotel, Colombo

    Time Activity
    1900 Icebreaker Dinner for foreign participants at ‘Chequerboard Area’, Galle Face Hotel, Colombo (By invitation)
  • Day 1 : 9th October 2017 (Monday)


    Time Activity
    0815 - 0844 Registration of participants
    0845 All participants to be seated in the ‘Grand Ballroom’ for the conference
    0855 Arrival of VIPs
    0900 - 0905 Arrival of the Chief Guest
    0906 - 0910 Opening documentary
    0911 - 0912 Introduction of conference by the compere & invite to light the oil lamp
    0913 - 0916 Lighting of the oil lamp
    0917 - 0920 Welcome dance by the Navy cultural troupe
    0921 - 0927 Welcome Remarks by Vice Admiral TJL Sinniah, WWV, RWP, RSP**, USP, ctf ndu, psc Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy
    0928 - 0930 Introduction of Chief Guest by the Commander of the Navy
    0931 - 1000 Address by the Chief Guest
    1001 - 1020 Group photograph
    1021 - 1044 Refreshments

    SESSION – 1

    1045 - 1050 Initial Remarks by the Moderator
    Moderator: Admiral TSG Samarasinghe, RSP, VSV, USP, ndc, psc, Sri Lanka Navy (Retd)
    1051 - 1110 ‘Trust-based Maritime Relationships for Building Security’
    By Admiral Scott H. Swift, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet
    1111 - 1130 ‘Greater Maritime Cooperation for Enhanced Maritime Security –The Indian Navy’s Perspective’
    By Vice Admiral Karambir Singh, AVSM, Vice Chief of Naval Staff, Indian Navy
    1131 - 1150 ‘Building a Community of Shared Future for Mankind and Pragmatically Enhancing Maritime Security Cooperation’
    By Rear Admiral Cui Yuzhong, Deputy Commander of East Sea Fleet, Chinese PLA Navy
    1151 - 1210 ‘Enhanced Maritime Visibility; Challenges and Way Forward’
    By Rear Admiral Abdul Aleem, HI (M), Commander Coast, Pakistan Navy
    1211 - 1225 Discussion
    1226– 1230 Final comments by the Moderator
    1231 – 1330 Lunch at “Jubilee Ballroom”

    SESSION – 2

    1331 - 1335 Initial Remarks by the Moderator
    Moderator: His Honour Judge Jeffrey Blackett, Judge Advocate General of the British Armed Forces
    1336 - 1355 ‘Importance of Increasing Maritime Shared Awareness in the Indian Ocean: An Analytical View on Challenges and Way Forward ’
    By Rear Admiral DMB Wettewa, RSP, USP, ndc, psc, Minister (Defence), Embassy of Sri Lanka in USA
    1356 - 1415 ‘Enhancing Maritime Visibility through VPDs: Netherlands Experience’
    By Major General (RNLMC) F.V. Van Sprang, Deputy Commander, Royal Netherlands Navy
    1416 - 1435 ‘Greater Maritime Visibility Based on International Law and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Activities’
    By Rear Admiral Shunichi Hatano, Vice President, Maritime Command and Staff College of Japan Maritime Self Defense Force
    1436 - 1445 Discussion
    1446 – 1450 Final comments by the Moderator
    1451 - 1515 Coffee Break

    SESSION – 3

    1516 - 1520 Initial remarks by the Moderator
    Moderator: Vice Admiral Satish Soni, PVSM, AVSM, NM, Indian Navy (Retd), the United Service Institution of India (USII)
    1521 - 1540 ‘Strategic Significance of Developing Interoperability to Mitigate Sea Blindness: Challenges and Future Concerns’
    By Rear Admiral Stuart Campbell Mayer, AO, CSC and Bar, Fleet Commander, Royal Australian Navy
    1541 - 1600 ‘An all-inclusive Approach Towards Enhancing Maritime Visibility: Importance of Technology and Global Cooperation’
    By Rear Admiral Didier Piaton, Joint Commander of the French Forces in the Indian Ocean and UAE
    1601 - 1620 ‘Suppression of Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia; A Shared Responsibility’.
    By LTC (Retd) Nicholas Teo Beng Guan, Deputy Director ReCAAP – Information Sharing Centre
    1621 - 1635 Discussion
    1636 - 1644 Final comments by the Moderator
    1645 Close of day 1
    1900 - 2200 Official Reception at the “Chequerboard Area”& Dinner at the “Jubilee Ballroom” (By Invitation)
  • Day 2 : 10th October 2017 (Tuesday) - Second day of the conference at Grand Ball Room

    SESSION – 4

    0900 - 0905 Initial Remarks by the Moderator
    Moderator: Rear Admiral Donald D. Gabrielson, Commander Logistics Group Western Pacific, Task Force 73, Singapore Area Coordinator, U.S Navy
    0906– 0925 ‘Significance of Enhancing Maritime Visibility: Constrains to Overcome Maritime Blindness’
    By Commodore WDEM Sudarshana, RSP, USP, psc, ndu, Deputy Area Commander, Eastern Naval Area, Sri Lanka Navy
    0926 - 0945 ‘Strategy to Increase Maritime Visibility in all Dimensions: Canadian Viewpoint on Challenges and Opportunities’
    By Dr. James Boutilier, Special Advisor, N39 - International Engagement Maritime Forces Pacific Headquarters (Canadian Delegation)
    0946 - 1005 ‘Necessity of an all-inclusive Strategic Approach to Counter Maritime Crimes’
    By Mr. Alan Cole, Head of the Global Maritime Crime Programme, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
    1006 -1025 Discussion
    1026- 1030 Final comments by the Moderator
    1031 - 1100 Coffee Break

    SESSION – 5

    1101 - 1105 Initial Remarks by the Moderator
    Moderator: Commodore Mathew (Mat) Williams, MNZM, RNZN, Deputy Chief of Royal New Zealand Navy
    1106–1125 ‘Challenges and Strategies required for Enhancing Maritime Visibilities: Measures among Neighbouring Countries - Bangladesh Viewpoint’
    By Rear Admiral Mohammad Lokmanur Rahman, NGP, ndu, psc, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Logistics), Bangladesh Navy
    1126 - 1145 ‘Enhancing Maritime Visibility through International Security Cooperation: a Critical Look at the Indian Ocean Region’
    By Mr. Jeffrey S. Payne, Manager of Academic Affairs at Center for Strategic Studies, Near East South Asia (NESA)
    1146 - 1205 ‘From the Outside Looking In: Creating Greater Maritime Visibility to Enhance Maritime Security’
    By Dr. Eric V Thompson Ph.D. Vice President and Director of Strategic Studies at the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA), USA
    1206 - 1225 Discussion
    1226 - 1230 Final comments by the Moderator
    1231 - 1345 Lunch at ‘Jubilee Ballroom’

    SESSION – 6

    1346 - 1350 Initial Remarks by the Moderator
    Moderator: Mr. Abhijit Singh, Senior Fellow, Head of Maritime Policy Initiative, Observer Research Foundation (ORF)
    1351 - 1410 ‘Global Refugee Situation - Measures to Increase Protection and Solutions Including in Maritime Context’
    By Mr. Igor Ivancic, Senior Protection Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representation Office, Colombo
    1411 - 1430 ‘Greater Maritime Visibility for Enhanced Maritime Security: Time for the Rejuvenation of the ‘IONS’ Cooperative Construct’
    By VAdm Pradeep Chauhan, AVSM & Bar, VSM, Indian Navy (Retd), Director National Maritime Foundation (NMF)
    1431 - 1450 ‘Law of Armed Conflict at Sea and Greater Maritime Security’
    Mr. Bruno Demeyere, Legal Advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Geneva Headquarters
    1451 - 1500 Discussion
    1501 - 1510 Final comments by the Moderator
    1511 - 1530 Coffee Break
    1531 – 1605 Concluding Remarks by Vice Admiral SMB Weerasekara, RSP*, VSV, USP, ndu, psn, Sri Lanka Navy (Retd)
    1606 - 1615

    Vote of thanks by Rear Admiral SS Ranasinghe, WWV, RWP, USP, ndc, psc, AOWC
    The Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Navy and Head of the Steering Committee, Galle Dialogue 2017

    1616 - 1644 Presentation of souvenirs to participants
    1645 “Galle Dialogue 2017” Maritime Conference adjourns
  • 11th October 2017 (Wednesday)- Departure Formalities