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Leaders' Summit 5-7 March 2017

Leaders' Summit in Commemoration of the
20th Anniversary of Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA)
& Its Related Meetings
Jakarta, 5-7 March 2017

The Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) celebrated its 20th Anniversary when Indonesia, as the current Chair of IORA, hosted the first ever IORA Leaders' Summit on 7 March 2017 in Jakarta under the theme "Strengthening Maritime Cooperation for a Peaceful, Stable, and Prosperous Indian Ocean". In a historic first, the Summit brought together the Leaders of the 21 IORA Member States and its 7 Dialogue Partners as well as other special invitees including the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. Member States issued the Jakarta Concord - Promoting Regional Cooperation for a Peaceful, Stable and Prosperous Indian Ocean - which sets out a vision for a revitalized and sustainable regional architecture. The Summit is a game-changer for regional cooperation and a demonstration of Member States and Dialogue Partners commitment to the Indian Ocean region.
H.E. President Joko Widodo said "we have just concluded the first IORA Summit. The meeting went well in a productive and constructive manner. In addition to commemorating the 20th anniversary of IORA, the convening of the Summit is a strategic and progressive step by IORA Leaders to realise an IORA that is able to move faster, able to face the current situation, and able to deal with future challenges. The current Summit is also a milestone in the renewal of commitment by IORA countries to intensify IORA cooperation."

The Leaders' Summit was preceded by the Council of Ministers' meeting on 6 March 2017. Ministers welcomed the first IORA Action Plan which sets out IORA's short-, medium- and long-term flagship initiatives for 2017-2021. Ministers also adopted the "IORA Declaration on Preventing and Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism" which strengthens the shared commitment to create a secure, prosperous and connected Indian Ocean region by addressing the scourge of terrorism and extremism.

Along with the official meetings, IORA engaged with the private sector through a "Business Summit" that was held on 6 March 2017 to deepen business cooperation in the region and was attended by over 300 businesses. Other related events, including a photo exhibition on IORA's journey through the last 20 years and release of an academic book entitled "Learning to the Past, Charting the Future" were launched in the margins of the Summit.


For more on the Business Summit see: