SL hosts IORA first meeting on Aug. 8,9 | Daily News


SL hosts IORA first meeting on Aug. 8,9

Sri Lanka is hosting the first meeting of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Maritime Safety and Security Working Group (MSSWG), in Colombo on August 8 and 9. This meeting will finalise the work plan for two years, advancing the IORA Action Plan (2017-21) with the Member States towards developing a regional agenda.

The IORA is a dynamic inter-governmental organisation aimed at strengthening regional co-operation and sustainable development within the Indian Ocean region through its 22 member States and nine Dialogue Partners.

Maritime safety and security was adopted as one of the six priority areas of the IORA during the 11th IORA Council of Ministers (COM) meeting held in November 2011, which recognised the critical economic and strategic relevance of a stable maritime environment in the Indian Ocean region. The IORA has been addressing maritime safety and security in the Indian Ocean through a broad range of activities to enhance international co-operation in security and governance to successfully tackle the challenges faced by the region.

The IORA MSSWG was established in September 2018 and presently chaired by Sri Lanka for a period of two years. Last year, the Terms of Reference for the Working Group was finalised in Colombo.

Sri Lanka, with its geo-strategic location as well as its diverse experience in maritime safety and security issues, contributes much to this Working Group by way of sharing expertise and experiences.

Engagement with the IORA aligns with Sri Lanka’s Blue-Green Economy agenda while enhancing co-operation with the Indian Ocean littoral states.


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