New Delhi, January 15: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday will inaugurate Raisina Dialogue 2018, themed on ‘Managing Disruptive Transitions: Ideas, Institutions and Idioms’, in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Also Read - Pakistan Not As Dominant, Our Focus Has Shifted Towards India: British Envoy
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and ORF Chairman Sunjoy Joshi will also be a part of the inaugural session of this annual geopolitical event, organised by MEA and Observer Research Foundation (ORF). Also Read - India vs South Africa, 2nd T20I: Indian Batters Toy SA Attack, Post Massive 237/3
Swaraj will also deliver the Plenary Address on January 17, while the Ministers of State for Foreign Affairs Gen V.K Singh and M.J. Akbar, will also address the delegates at the three-day event. (Also Read: India Sixth Largest Manufacturing Nation, But Not Done Yet: PM Narendra Modi) Also Read - IND vs SA 2nd T20: Snake Crawls Onto The Field, Interrupts Play But Hogs Limelight
Union Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu, Textiles and I&B Minister Smriti Irani, the minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha and the Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri are among other ministers taking part in the dialogue.
Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat and Indian Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba will also address the Dialogue, along with Admiral Harry Harris, Commander, US Pacific Command General Chris Deverell Joint Forces Commander, UK Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano and Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, Chief of Navy, Australia.
Ministers from many countries like Australia, Russia, Singapore, Bangladesh Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Mauritius, Poland are attending this year’s conference.
The ministers include Australia’s Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne, Indonesia’s Minister for Defence Ryamizard Ryacudu, Bangladesh’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, Russia’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Igor Morgulov, Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Defence and Foreign affairs Maliki Osman, Sweden’s State Secretary for International and EU Affairs to Prime Minister Hans Dahlgren, Poland’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Marek Magierowski, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Kazem Sajjadpour, Hungary’s Minister of State for Security Policy and International Cooperation Istvan Mikola, Sri Lanka’s State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake, and Mauritius’ Minister of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping PremdutKoonjoo.
Former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, former Prime Minister of Sweden Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harder are among more than 150 speakers and over 550 delegates from around 90 countries, who are participating in the dialogue.
“The Raisina Dialogue was born two years ago, in 2016, in the belief that the Asian century that the world was talking about was not about any exclusive geographical region. It was rather about the engagement of global actors with Asia and of Asia with the world. So this dialogue took birth as a platform, where the old and the new could work together, to discover their connections, their inter-dependence. It has today become a crucible for conversations and ideas that while located in India can be owned by the world,” ORF Chairman Sunjoy Joshi said to ANI.
“When the world is drifting to globalisation, protectionism, restrictive borders and predatory economics, Raisina 2018 once again seeks to find strength in our common future,” Joshi further added.
“The dialogue convenes more than 500 speakers and delegates across as many as 50 topics to not just discuss the new fractures within our global order, but find the appropriate responses to these,” Joshi said to media while stressing on the importance of the dialogue.
The curator of the Raisina Dialogue and the Vice President of ORF Samir Saran said, “The Raisina Dialogue is India’s attempt to reclaim its role as the hub of knowledge and ideas, as during the times of Nalanda, in the 21st century.”
He further added, “This is Asia’s largest forum with over 1800 participants, striving to make India a leading force.”
The Raising Dialogue has been fast growing in strength. In the inaugural Dialogue, 120 foreign delegates from 40 countries had participated. In the second, the strength went up to more than 250 foreign participants from 65 countries.