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IOR meeting to be held in this month

IOR meeting to be held in this month

Online news portal,, reported that the  third bi-annual meeting of the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation’s (IOR-ARC) Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) will be held in Mauritius as from tomorrow i.e. 20th August till the 21st of the same month.

It is expected to host around delegate from the 19 member-states. They will discuss new proposals and will follow-up on decisions which were taken during the last ministerial meeting held in India.

Australia, Bangladesh, Comoros, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Oman, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Yemen are the members of the association while China, Egypt, France, Japan, UK and USA are dialogue partners.

The importance of the Indian Ocean, the world’s third largest trade corridor and energy highway, is undeniable as it provides passage to half of the international container ships and more than 70 percent of crude and oil shipments.

IOR-ARC says, many issues including “finalisation of various projects on Maritime Security and Safety, Trade and Investment, cooperation in the fields of Fisheries, Student Exchanges, Capacity Building, Academic and Science and Technology Cooperation and Tourism Promotion” will likely to be discussed.

The recommendations of the meeting will be placed before the next Council of Ministers’ which is likely to meet in Australia later this year.

The report of the First Economic Business Forum (EBC) held in July in Mauritius will be circulated at the meeting, IOR-ARC says.

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