Galle Dialogue 2017: Overcoming maritime blindness Joint effort needed– Cmdre Sudarshana

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By 2017-10-12

BY Cassendra Doole

Partnership between the maritime organisations and the Navies of the world are very important "if we are to overcome the constraints of maritime blindness," Commodore W.D.E.M. Sudarshana said on Tuesday (10), the second day of the 8th consecutive Galle Dialogue.

"The constraints to overcome maritime blindness include the culture of secrecy," Commodore Sudarshana said adding that when there is a poor link between policy-makers and the maritime sector along with the attitude of "not my business", maritime blindness cannot be overcome, which, in turn will provide obstacles to attempts at enhancing maritime visibility.

At the Galle Dialogue 2017, all maritime nations who presented papers acknowledged that information-sharing is critical for maritime domain awareness. According to Rear Admiral D.M.B. Wattewa, this has become a "common thread, championed at various security dialogues and forums".

The second day of the Galle Dialogue 2017 got underway Tuesday (10) at the Galle Face Hotel Colombo with over 100 local and foreign scholars and experts in naval and maritime affairs, representing 51 countries, including India, China, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States and 12 international organisations.

Nineteen academic papers were presented at the two-day dialogue held under the theme, 'Greater Maritime Visibility for Enhanced Maritime Security'.

State Minister of Defence, Ruwan Wijewardene delivered the keynote address as the Chief Guest at the inaugural session, while the opening remarks were made by the Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah.

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