Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi has explained that the Ministers of IORA have agreed upon four points, including the Jakarta Concord and IORA Action Plan which will be delivered to IORA leaders who will meet at the IORA Leaders’ Summit tomorrow (7/3).
Together with Australian Foreign Minister Julia Bishop and South African Minister for International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, collectively called the IORA Troika, Minister Marsudi held a press conference at the Jakarta Convention Center (Monday, 6/3).
First, the Ministers agreed on the modalities of the arrangement of the IORA Leaders’ Summit.
Second, the Ministers have endorsed the Jakarta Concord to be signed by IORA Leaders. “The Jakarta Concord is a strategic and visionary document which aims to expand and strengthen IORA cooperation,” stated Minister Marsudi.
In addition to the 6 priorities of IORA, the Jakarta Concord contains three additional cross-sector issues, namely blue economy, gender equality and women’s empowerment, and strengthening democracy, good governance, corruption eradication as well as human rights protection.
Third, the Ministers have adopted the IORA Action Plan which contains concrete steps in implementing the Jakarta Concord. Four working groups have been established in the fields of maritime safety and security, tourism and cultural exchange, blue economy, and women’s empowerment.
Fourth, a Declaration on Preventing and Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism was also adopted.
“This declaration is the common commitment of the IORA countries to cooperate in facing the challenges of terrorism and violent extremism through enhancing cooperation and coordination of dialog efforts and the sharing of experiences between countries,” explained the Minister.
Indonesia is certain that the Indian Ocean is the world’s future. That is why it is in the interest of all that IORA is able to anticipate regional potential to achieve prosperity and sustainable economic growth.
“The key to that goal is by creating a stable, secure, and peaceful region,” said Minister Marsudi.
Minister Julia Bishop (IORA Chair for 2013-2015) and Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane (IORA Chair for 2017-2019) both appreciated Indonesia’s leadership. The two ministers are of the opinion that Indonesia has brought IORA cooperation to a higher level.
Another item in the Leaders’ Summit Agenda is the Business Summit which was opened by President Joko Widodo. The Business Summit’s theme was “IORA: Building Partnership for Sustainable and Equitable Economic Growth” and was attended by businesspeople from IORA countries.
On the sidelines of the Leaders’ Summit, Minister Marsudi also plans to hold bilateral meetings with a number of countries’ Foreign Ministers.