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Event: Changing Dynamics of Maritime Trade in a Post COVID-19 World: Implications for South Asia

When: 30 Sept 2021 (Thursday) | 4.30pm – 6.00pm (SG Time) | 8.30am – 10.00am (UK Time)

Disruptions to maritime trade

Vibrant maritime trade has encouraged rapid global trade-led growth and fueled great power rivalries in the maritime domain over recent decades. The COVID-19 era has seen disruptions to established patterns of maritime trade and intensified security threats across Asia. But little is known about the implications of these developments in South Asia, the world’s most populous region. This seminar maps the maritime domain in South Asia using painstakingly gathered evidence from a study of Commonwealth countries in South Asia, Southeast Asia and the rest of the Commonwealth

This seminar which brings together an interdisciplinary panel of global and regional experts will discuss several important issues in the maritime domain:

  1. How has the landscape of maritime trade and security threats changed in the COVID era?
  2. How is the scenario for global economic recovery impinging on maritime trade and the nature of security threats?
  3. What are the prospects for small island states and least developed countries in maritime trade? and,
  4. What policy implications can be gleaned from the emerging evidence?

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  • Dr Ganeshan Wignaraja, Non-Resident Senior Fellow at Institute of South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore
  • Dr Salamat Ali, Trade Economist at the Commonwealth Secretariat
  • Dr Jivanta Schottli, Assistant Professor in Indian Politics and Foreign Policy at the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University
  • Dr Peggy Chen Shu-Ling, Associate Professor at the Australian Maritime College (AMC), University of Tasmania
  • Dr Brendan Vickers, Head of the International Trade Policy Section at the Commonwealth Secretariat
  • Dr Amitendu Palit, Senior Research Fellow and Research Lead (Trade and Economics) at the Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore


See the Agenda for the webinar here.


Please register for this webinar here.