Leaders' Summit 5-7 March 2017
Leaders' Summit in
Commemoration of the
20th Anniversary of Indian Ocean Rim Association
& 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: http://www.kemendag.go.id/en