March 5, 2017 - 6:01pm
Indonesia hosts the first-ever Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Leaders’ Summit on March 5-7
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is set to leave Dhaka for Jakarta on Monday on a three-day official visit to Indonesia to attend the Leaders’ Summit in Commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA).
The IORA is an international organisation that consists 21 coastal states bordering the Indian Ocean.
“The premier and her entourage members will take off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 8:40am on Monday,” Sheikh Hasina’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said on Saturday, reports BSS.
The flight is scheduled to land at Halim Pardana Kusuma International Airport, Jakarta around 3pm local time.
Bangladesh Ambassador to Indonesia Maj Gen Azmal Kabir and representatives of the host government will receive the premier at the airport.
Indonesia, as the current chair of IORA, will host the first-ever IORA Leaders’ Summit on March 5-7 under the theme “Strengthening Maritime Cooperation for a Peaceful, Stable, and Prosperous Indian Ocean.”
It is expected to be a “game-changer” for regional cooperation in the Indian Ocean.
Strategic outcome documents entitled the “IORA Concord,” the “IORA Action Plan” and the “IORA Declaration on Countering Violent Extremism leading to Terrorism” will be proposed during the summit. These strategic documents reflect IORA’s vision for the future.
The organisation was first established as the Indian Ocean Rim Initiative in Mauritius in 1995 and was formally launched in 1997.
The members of the forum are: Australia, Bangladesh, Comoros, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Oman, Seychelles, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, the UAE and Yemen.
The coordinating secretariat of IORA is located at Ebene, Mauritius.