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Academic Group

The Indian Ocean Rim Academic Group (IORAG) was established in recognition of the important role of the academia in regional organizations. The role set out for the Academic Group is both advisory and catalytic, with the following principal objectives: 

  • to service the needs of Government and Business
  • to promote intellectual dialogue amongst the participating Member States
  • to serve as a vehicle for the development and dissemination of the Indian Ocean Rim Concept
  • to serve the region through coordinated and rigorous research 

The IORAG may meet during the COM and the CSO, or as often as mutually decided. It collaborates with the CSO and the Secretariat in the consideration, formulation, and implementation of the Policy and Work Programmes of the Association. The IORAG may draw upon other non-governmental regional academic networks as necessary. 

In recent years, there has been an effort to reinvigorate the Academic Group by fostering a more dynamic link between policy and projects in the work programmes of the WGTI, IORAG and IORBF. In order to sharpen the focus of IORAG, it has been suggested that the following measures be considered: 

  • Develop a stronger Indian Ocean Research environment
  • Foster a culture of "Indian Oceanness"
  • Focus on matters of common concern
  • Conduct research aimed at enabling better regional policy outcomes
  • Develop a stronger regional policy foundation
  • Enhance collective regional awareness 

The IORAG is an integral part of the unique structure that was created to build bridges and increase networking between Governments, the Private Sector and the Academia in the Indian Ocean Rim region.



IORAG Meeting



1st Meeting of the IORAG

15-17 August 1995

Port Louis, Mauritius

2nd Meeting of the IORAG

14-16 May 1996

Port Louis, Mauritius

3rd Meeting of the IORAG

10-11 Sept 1996

Port Louis, Mauritius

4th Meeting of the IORAG

3-4 March 1997

Grand Bay, Mauritius

5th Meeting of the IORAG

30-31 March 1998

Balaclava, Mauritius

6th Meeting of the IORAG

28-29 March 1999

Maputo Mozambique

7th Meeting of the IORAG

3-4 July 2000

Maputo, Mozambique

8th Meeting of the IORAG

4 April 2001

Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

9th Meeting of the IORAG

5 May 2002

Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

10th Meeting of the IORAG

7 October 2003

Colombo, Sri Lanka

11th Meeting of the IORAG

21 August 2004

Colombo, Sri Lanka

12th Meeting of the IORAG

16 February 2006

Tehran, I.R. of Iran

13th Meeting of the IORAG

3 March 2007

Tehran, I.R. of Iran

14th Meeting of the IORAG

29 April 2008

Tehran, I.R. of Iran

15th Meeting of the IORAG

20 June 2009

Sana'a, Yemen

16th Meeting of the IORAG

31 July 2010

Sana'a, Yemen

 17th Meeting of the IORAG

11 November 2011 

 Bengaluru, India

 18th Meeting of the IORAG

29 Octobe 2012

Gurgaon, India

19th Meeting of the IORAG

30 October 2013

Perth, Australia

20th Meeting of the IORAG

6 October 2014

Perth, Australia