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A virtual dialogue between Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad (ISSI) and MISIS was held on 14th October 2020. ISSI is a renowned think tank in Pakistan. Several years before MISIS interacted with ISSI under the framework of an MoU signed between the two Institutes. The MoU eventually expired. Meantime changes took place in the leadership and members of the two organizations and since then the MoU was not renewed and both sides lost contact with each other. However, in September ISSI took the initiative of reviving the contact with MISIS. Both sides agreed to convey a virtual meeting on issues of interest especially those affecting the security of South Asia. To this end, the following two topics were chosen for discussion- 1. Indo-Pacific: View from National Perspective of Myanmar and Pakistan respectively 2. China-Myanmar Economic Corridor and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Opening remarks were delivered by Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Director General of ISSI and U Nyunt Maung Shein, Chairman of MISIS. Following persons were present at the meeting- From Pakistan side- Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, DG Dr. Saif Malik, Director, India Studies Center Dr. Farhan Hanif Siddiqi, IR Department, Quaid-i-Azam University Dr. Shabana Fayaz, Chair of Defense and Strategic Studies Department, Quaid-i-Azam University From Myanmar side- U Nyunt Maung Shein, Chairman U Wynn Lwin, Vice-Chairman U Kyee Myint, Member Pro. Dr. Daw Khin Ma Ma Myo, Member Both sides appreciated the view points and position presented by the speakers. They decided to renew the MoU and expressed the hope that when the pandemic situation is stabilized a physical meeting could be held either in Islamabad or Yangon. Presentaions made by U Kyee Myint on CMEC and on Indo-Pacific by Pro. Dr. Daw Khin Ma Ma Myo could be downloaded from MISIS website.
GCMS (Global Centre for Mekong Studies) Coordinators’ Virtual Meeting was held on 9 September 2020. It was attended by representatives from the six GCMS Centers from China, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand. Welcome remarks were made by Permanent Co-Chair China and Outgoing Co-Chair Laos and Incoming Co-Chair Myanmar. From 2020 onwards China and Myanmar will Co-Chair the activities of GCMS for two years. In the first meeting the representatives discussed and exchanged views on the topic “The New International Land-Sea Trade Corridors and the Role of MLC”. This topic is in line with the decision of the Fifth LMC Ministerial Meeting’s decision which instructed the GCMS to submit a detailed report. Each Center is required to present a research paper on the topic and submit to the Co-Chairs by the end of November.
The 6th Roundtable of the ASEAN-India Network of Think Tanks (AINTT) on the topic “ASEAN-India: Strengthening Partnership in the Post-Covid Era” was held on 20 August 2020 in virtual format. It is organized by Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS, New Delhi) and ASEAN Studies Center (ASC), Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. Opening remarks were delivered by H.E. Mr. Don Pramudwinai, Deputy Prime Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand, H.E. Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister of India and H.E. Dato’ Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary General of ASEAN. Scholars and Researchers from India, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines and Myanmar attended the roundtable. MISIS is represented by Professor Daw Carole Ann Chit Tha who spoke in Session I under the topic “Changing landscape of global order and ASEAN-India relations in the Post-Covid Era”. Another participant from Myanmar is Dr. Zaw Oo, Executive Director, Center for Economic and Social Development, Yangon who spoke on Session V “Way Forward”.
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