A bridge between the Pacific and the Indian Ocean, the Bay of the Bengal is reemerging as a critical geostrategic subregion.  As Indo-Japanese cooperation deepens, the Bay of Bengal will become a key area in which to facilitate strategic engagement between two major Asian powers.

Carnegie India, in partnership with the India Development Foundation, will host a seminar to review Indo-Japanese economic and security cooperation in the region, and identify new possibilities for developing regional connectivity corridors and strengthening maritime security in the Bay of Bengal.


10:00 to 10:30 a.m.
Tea and Registration

10:30 a.m.
India and Japan: The Road Ahead

Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Kenji Hiramatsu, C. Raja Mohan

11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Regional Maritime Security Cooperation

Tetsuo Kotani, Darshana M. Baruah, Jayanath Colombage
Moderated by Shekhar Sinha

1:00 to 2:15 p.m.

2:15 to 3:00 p.m.
Japanese Cooperation in the Modernization of India’s Infrastructure

Amitabh Kant

3:00 to 4:15 p.m.
Trans-Border Infrastructure and Economic Development in the Bay of Bengal Region

Shubhashis Gangopadhyay, Mohammad Yunus, Shine Zaw-Aung
Moderated by Tariq Karim

4:15 to 5:00 p.m.
Concluding Remarks and Vote of Thanks

C. Raja Mohan and Shubhashis Gangopadhyay


Darshana M. Baruah is a research analyst at Carnegie India

Jayanath Colombage is  the director of the Center for Indo-Lanka Initiatives at the Pathfinder Foundation. He was previously the commander  of the Sri Lankan Navy

Shubhashis Gangopadhyay is the research director of India Development Foundation

Kenji Hiramatsu is the ambassador of Japan to India

Subrahmanyam Jaishankar is the foreign secretary of India.

Amitabh Kant is the chief executive officer of NITI Aayog, India

Tariq Karim is a distinguished fellow at Vivekananda International Foundation and was previously high commissioner of Bangladesh to India

Tetsuo Kotani is a senior research fellow at Japan Institute for International Affairs

C. Raja Mohan is the director of Carnegie India

Shekhar Sinha was flag officer commanding in chief of Western Command, Indian Navy

Mohammad Yunus is a senior research fellow at Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies

Shine Zaw-Aung is partner at First Rangoon Cooperation and a researcher at the Myanmar Institute for Strategy and International Studies