"The Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Summit will strengthen the commitment of the IORA member states to create security and stability in the region, for common prosperity," Director General for Asia Pacific and Africa of the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs pointed out in his remarks at the opening session of the IORA Committee of Senior Officials Meeting (CSOM) in Jakarta (5/3/2017).
The IORA CSOM focuses on the preparation of the Council of Ministers' Meeting as well as the IORA Summit, to be held respectively on 6 and 7 March 2017.
Today's meeting discusses the preparation of outcome documents of the high level meetings, namely the Declaration on Preventing and Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism, and the finalization of the IORA Action Plan and the IORA Concord.
The meeting agrees to call the Indian Ocean Rim Association: Promoting Regional Cooperation for a Peaceful, Stable and Prosperous Indian Ocean as "The Jakarta Concord". The Concord will be submitted to the Ministerial Meeting the next day, and is planned for the adoption by the heads of state. In addition to the important outcome documents, the Director General for Asia Pacific and Africa will report on the Council of Ministers' Meeting.
The IORA Summit carries the theme "Strengthening Maritime Cooperation for a Peaceful, Stable and Prosperous Indian Ocean" and is the first meeting held at the Leaders level since the inception of IORA 20 years ago.
The Summit will be attended by 16 VVIP (President, Prime Minister, Vice President and Deputy Prime Minister) from 21 IORA member states, 7 dialogue partners, and a number of international organizations and guest countries with strong ties with the Indian Ocean.
Indonesia initiated the IORA Summit, with the view to enlarge cooperation and strengthen commitment of the IORA member states, in addressing the challenges to create a conducive situation in the Indian Ocean, as the ocean of the future.
(Source : RI MoFA)