Aug 2, 2017, 1:32 PM
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Iran attends 7th Indian Ocean Rim Association meeting in Indonesia

Kuala Lumpur, Aug 2, IRNA – Iran participated in the 7th Bi-Annual Meeting of Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) which started work today in Bali, Indonesia.

Director General for International Environmental and Sustainable Development Affairs in Ministry of Foreign Affairs Majid Bizmark attended the meeting.

The Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) is an international organization with 21 Member States - Australia, Bangladesh, Comoros, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Oman, Seychelles, Singapore, Somalai, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, UAE and Yemen.

China, Egypt, Japan, England, France and Germany serve as negotiators with union.

According to IORA website, the forthcoming CSO meeting schedule in Bali will focus on the follow- up actions of the First IORA Leaders' Summit and related meetings which was held in Jakarta in March 2017 including IORA Action Plan where Member States will discuss on the way forward for its implementation. A number of actions/projects under short, medium and long term initiatives have been identified by the Member States for implementation within five years to achieve the objectives set for 2021 in the IORA Action Plan which was agreed by the Ministers at their COM meeting held in Jakarta in March 2017.

'The meeting will also consider important issues and preparations for the Council of Ministers Meeting in October 2017 in Durban which include the future engagement with Dialogue Partners, international and regional organizations; new project proposals by Member States; and financial management including the IORA Special Fund.'

'In addition to the above, Indonesia will also organize 'the International Workshop on Practical Workstreams on Trade and Investment and IORA Economic Integration' on 1 August 2017 back-to-back with CSO meeting. It is hoped that this workshop will come up with policy recommendation on how IORA will embark on the new direction in enhancing trade and investment cooperation in the region.'