The Indian and United States Armies are set to host the 13th biannual Indo-Pacific Armies Chiefs Conference (IPACC), 2023, the 47th annual Indo-Pacific Army Management Seminar (IPAMS), the 9th Senior Enlisted Forum at the Manekshaw Center in New Delhi on September 25-27, in an effort to promote peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
The US Embassy stated in a release that the gathering is the largest conference for land forces (army, marines, etc.) in the Indo-Pacific region. And, this year’s theme is “Together for Peace: Sustaining Peace and Stability in the Indo-Pacific Region.”
The meetings aim to promote peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region through mutual understanding, dialogue, and friendship, the embassy stated. It said the seminar will give senior land commanders a forum to exchange views and ideas, and to develop and strengthen their relationships.
According to the release, the conference will feature distinguished guest speakers and plenary sessions as well as smaller break-out sessions and discussions on topics, such as peacekeeping operations, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, leadership development, and empowering women.
The opening ceremony will start at 9:30 am on September 26, 2023, at the Manekshaw Center, preceded by a joint press conference at 9 am with General Manoj Pande, Chief of the Army Staff, Indian Army, and General Randy George, US Army Vice Chief of Staff.
The US Embassy stated that participation in IPAMS has grown from nine nations at the first conference held in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1977, to 31 nations in Seoul, Korea in 2017.
Today, IPACC is held every two years and is co-hosted by the United States Army and the hosting country. IPAMS is the longest running land forces conference held every year.
In 2014, the SELF was added allowing senior enlisted members to experience the same fellowship, discussion and sharing opportunities, but from a different perspective.
Registration with the US Embassy is required to attend the ceremony and press conference.
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