Bhubaneswar: A three-day International conference to deliberate on East-East cooperation in commerce, connectivity and culture is all set to begin in the capital city from March 16.
Apart from the eastern and northeastern states, delegates from 16 countries will participate in the conference with the theme ‘Purbasa: East meets East’.
The conference will be attended by diplomats and other delegates, including defense personnel from the Indo-Pacific region.
Sri Lankan Minister Gamini Jayawicrama Perera, and Bangladesh Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism A.K.M. Shahjahan Kamal, Dr Rizal Abdul Kadir, Deputy Director, Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA); Amb Palitha Kohona, Sri Lanka; U Khin Maung, Myanmar; and Dr Rajan Bhattarai, Nepal; Adm Jayanth Colombage Former Chief of Navy (Sri Lanka); Dr Suthiphand Chirathivat (Thailand); Prof (Ms) Aruna Gopinath (Malaysia); Dr Naing Swe Oo (Myanmar); Ms Siti Kkaprawi (Brunei); Mr Harsha Navaratne (Sri Lanka); Mr Prida Tiasuwan (Thailand); Dr Enrico Basilio (Philippines); and Dr Swarnim Wagle (Nepal); Ven Prof K Mahinda Sangarakkhitha Thera (Sri Lanka) and Mr Somboon Chungprampree (Thailand) are among the attendees.
The Kalinga Saraswati Samman will be conferred on V. Suryanarayan for his book on Indonesia and Sudip Sen for his book on Bali.