From 12-20 Dec, the Pakistan Navy is holding the 2nd Maritime Security Workshop(MARSEW-18) on the theme, ‘Blue Economy – Prosperous Pakistan’ at the Pakistan Navy War College, Lahore. This National level Workshop is aimed at affording an opportunity to underline the significance of maritime sector of Pakistan to create awareness for a paradigm shift to tap its potential in a country affected by ‘Sea Blindness’. Pakistan Observer
Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Haider Zaidi said, “Pakistan Navy’s initiative of ‘Maritime Security Workshop’ would return the rich dividends by creating awareness regarding the blue economy and maritime potential of Pakistan.” He underscored the challenges and opportunities in Pakistan’s maritime sector and discussed future road map. Pakistan Today
The workshop will entail on campus academic activities wherein speakers, scholars and subject matter experts will present the papers on array of topics related to maritime security challenges and opportunities. The News
The participants will be afforded an opportunity to visit Naval Headquarters Islamabad, Creeks area, Coastal belt including Gwadar Deep Water Port and important organizations of maritime sector such as Karachi Port Trust and Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works. An orientation sea trip is also planned for better understanding of the Pakistan Navy Area of Operation. The participants will also undertake collaborative effort in maritime policy making exercises and threadbare discussions on the contemporary maritime issues. ISPR
The forum is likely to provide a joint platform to reflect upon contemporary maritime environment and security dynamics of the Indian Ocean Region.Prospects of blue economy, efficacy of Pakistan’s National Maritime Policy and the proposed way ahead by the participants would be hallmarks of the Workshop.The MARSEW will further aid in cultivating the maritime consciousness in national landscape for our national policy and decision makers. Daily Times
The Blue Economy is steadily finding reference in the Pakistan’s maritime approach. MARSEW-18 on the theme ‘Blue Economy – Prosperous Pakistan’ will create awareness that seas offer a great number of opportunities for the economic development. Therefore, the government of Pakistan should focus on this ‘untapped maritime potential’ of the country. Notables from various walks of life, including parliamentarians, policy makers, bureaucrats,intelligentsia, business entrepreneurs, MSF (a dedicated maritime forum)members and media representatives are attending MARSEW-18.