Sinha To Inaugurate Defence Meet In Tashkent

New Delhi, November 4 | Updated: Nov 5 2003, 05:30am hrs
A three-day India-Central Asia Regional conference is being co-sponsored by Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi and the Institute for Strategic and Regional Studies (ISRS) in Tashkent from November 6-8. External affairs minister Yashwant Sinha is leaving for Uzbekistan on Thursday to inaugurate the conference.

Participants from 20 countries are expected to attend the conference. Organisations like ADB, World Bank, European Union, EBRD, OSCE and Nato have also evinced interest in participating in the meet.

IDSA director K Santham said, The general thrust of the meet is to engage senior experts on Central Asia to enhance Indias understanding of the politico-economic-security issues in the region while sharing our perceptions with them.

According to external affairs ministry sources, the conference will cover non-military aspects of security because these are of high contemporary importance as much as classical security matters. As a Track II endeavour, this would lead to medium/long term inputs to Track I policy-making in India and countries in the region.

Major Indian private players from the oil and infrastructure sectors, engaged in engineering projects in Central Asia, are also expected to participate.

Experts attending the meet include, JN Dixit former foreign secretary, Zhao Hua Sheng, director of Russia & Central Asia Studies; Sun Zhuangshi, director of Central Asian Department of Institute for East European, Beijing and Shirin Akiner of Institute for Oriental and African Studies London.