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IORA Leaders Sign Jakarta Concord

The leaders and representatives of the 21 member countries of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) have signed the Jakarta Concord at the IORA Leaders’ Summit held at the Jakarta Convention Centre (JCC) today (7/3). The document titled “Promoting Regional Cooperation for a Peaceful, Stable, and Prosperous Indian Ocean” aims to lay the foundation and set the course for cooperation for the organization of Indian Ocean states in the coming years.

In the document, the IORA states declared their commitment to promoting maritime safety in the region, enhancing trade and investment cooperation in the region, promoting sustainable fisheries management and development, enhancing disaster risk management in the region, strengthening academic, science and technology cooperation, fostering tourism and cultural exchanges, Blue Economy, and empowering women in the economy.

At this morning’s opening, President Joko Widodo affirmed that the Indian Ocean is the region of the future.

The Atlantic Ocean used to be the centre of the world in the last three years it has focused on the Pacific and Indonesia believes that the Indian Ocean is poised to assume greatness,” said President Jokowi.

The President reminded that each country can further its own national interests. Nationalism, however, cannot grow without internationalism. Read more…