The Quad (QUAD), an organization of four countries including India, has launched a major new initiative for the Indo-Pacific, which will allow partner countries to fully monitor the waters on their coasts and the region. It will help in ensuring peace and stability in the This initiative has been started in the midst of China’s growing clout in the region. The launch of the Indo-Pacific Maritime Area Awareness (IPMDA) initiative was announced at the end of the Quad conference in Tokyo. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese participated in this conference.
The joint statement of the four leaders said that the IPMDA will work in consultation and support with countries in the Indian Pacific region and regional information integration centers in the Indian Ocean, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. Through this, technology and training will be provided to help in shared maritime domain awareness so as to promote stability and prosperity.
The leaders reiterated their commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific and resolved to “work tirelessly with the aim of producing tangible results” for the region.
“IPMDA will fulfill the objective of the Quad to catalyze joint efforts towards tangible results, which will help make the region more stable and prosperous,” the joint statement said.
The Ministry of External Affairs said that as part of the work related to critical and emerging technologies, a ‘General Statement of Principles on Critical Technology Supply Chain’ has been submitted by Quad.
The leaders also announced the establishment of the Quad Partnership on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) in the Indo-Pacific, which aims to further strengthen cooperation to effectively deal with disasters in the region.
According to the White House ‘fact sheet’, IPMDA will present a “integrated and effective” maritime sector awareness picture as quickly and in real time as possible. At the same time, it will transform the capacity of partner countries in the Pacific Islands, South East Asia and the Indian Ocean region in many respects, including dealing with climate and humanitarian events.