GS Paper - 2 (International Relations)

The four-nation group Quad on 24 May 2022 launched a new initiative, in which multiple maritime tracking agencies would be integrated to keep an eye on illegal fishing activities and tactical movements in the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, and the Indian Ocean region.

More about new initiative

  1. The network will allow tracking of “dark shipping” and other tactical-level activities, such as rendezvous at sea, besides improving the partner nations’ ability to respond to climate and humanitarian crises and protect the fisheries that are vital to many Indo-Pacific economies.
  2. The Quad leaders said that the Indo-Pacific Partnership for Maritime Domain Awareness (IPMDA) was designed to work with regional partners to respond to humanitarian and natural disasters, and combat illegal fishing.
  3. The monitoring network’s creation is one of the crucial outcomes of the second in-person meeting of the Quad leaders – US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi – in Tokyo on 24 May 2022.
  4. As the initiative proceeds, the Quad will identify future technologies of promise, allowing IPMDA to remain a cutting-edge partnership that promotes peace and stability throughout the region.
  5. Quad is carrying a constructive agenda for the Indo-Pacific region. This will further strengthen the image of the Quad as a Force for Good.