PMF IAS Current Affairs
PMF IAS Current Affairs
  • Context (TH): Sri Lanka is set to take over as Chair of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA).
  • The IORA was established in 1997 as an intergovernmental organisation of States on the rim of the Indian Ocean.
  • Its apex body is the Council of Foreign Ministers, which meets annually.
  • The secretariat is in Ebène Mauritius and is overseen by a secretary-general appointed for three years.
  • The Association’s membership has expanded to 23 member states and 11 dialogue partners.
  • The IORA has six critical areas of focus:
    1. Maritime security
    2. Trade and investment facilitation
    3. Fisheries management
    4. Disaster risk reduction
    5. Academic and scientific cooperation
    6. Tourism promotion and cultural exchanges
  • IORA has identified Blue Economy and Women’s Economic Empowerment as two areas of interest.
  • The member countries are from various regions:
    • Asia: India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Maldives, Oman, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Yemen
    • Africa: Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania, Comoros, Mauritius, Seychelles
    • Oceania: Australia
    • Europe: France

Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA)

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