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Day 1

Indian Ocean Dialogue (IOD)
Perth, Western Australia
5-7 September 2015

Sunday 5 September 2015

Time Event
08:30 - 09:00 Registration
09:00 - 10:00 Opening Plenary
09:00 - 09:10 Welcome
Major General John Hartley (Retd), CEO, Future Directions International 
09:10 - 09:30 The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs,
Keynote opening address 
09:30 - 09:45 His Excellency, K V Bhagirath, IORA Secretary General
Update on recent IORA activities & comments on regional cooperation 


Time  Event
10:00 - 10:30 Spotlight  Presentation: Non-Traditional Security Challenges
Speaker: Major General John Hartley (Retd),
CEO, Future Directions International 
10:30 - 11:00 Morning Tea
11:00 - 12:30 Session 1: Combatting Maritime Transnational Crime

Chief Facilitator: Dr Rob McLaughlin, Associate Professor, ANU College of Law

Other Facilitators: RADM Michael Noonan, Commander, Maritime Border Command

                        Vice Admiral Anup Singh (Retd), former Commander, Eastern Naval Command

Issues to be discussed:

  • What are the key transnational crime issues in the Indian Ocean region?
  • Are these likely to change in the short term? If so, what might cause these changes and
    what impact could they have?
  • How can regional states work together to combat maritime transnational crime more effectively? 
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:00 Session 2: Maritime Security and Defence Cooperation

Chief Facilitator:  Dr Sam Bateman, Professional Research Fellow, at the Australian National
                        Centre for Ocean Resources and Security, University of Wollongong 

Other Facilitators: Rear Admiral Khurshed Alam (Retd), Secretary's Office,
                        Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh

                         CMDR Shishir Upadhyaya (Retd), Doctoral Candidate, Wollongong University

Issues to be discussed:

  • What is the current state of maritime security and defence cooperation in the region?
  • Is this state likely to change in the foreseeable future and, if so, what might cause this?
  • Can the present level of cooperation be improved and, if so, what might need to occur? 
15:00 - 15:20 Afternoon tea
15:20 - 16:30 Session 3: Regional cooperation in Search and Rescue Operations

Chief Facilitator: Mr John Young, General Manager, Search and Rescue Operations,
                      Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

Other Facilitators: To be Advised

Issues to be discussed:

  • What is the current state of regional cooperation in civil aeronautocal and
maritime search and rescue operations in the Region?
  • What lessons might be learned from recent civil search and rescue events that have significance
for regional cooperation, particularly as they relate to:

> Cooperation between civil authorities responsible for coordinating operations and the military
aircraft and ships that might be offered to conduct operations on-scene.
> Engagement of disaster management agencies in the aftermath of a large scale search
and rescue event that requires the landing, triage and management of large numbers of survivors
in the nearest place of safety.
  • What would be the next step to make progress with these issues? 

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