- Nov 05, 2012:
The Union of Comoros has been admitted as the 20th
member of the Indian
Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC),
while the United States of America has been admitted as 6th Dialogue
Partner of IORARC.
Gurgaon Communiqué, which was adopted on 2 November at the conclusion of the 12th
Council of Ministers (COM) Meeting held in Gurgaon, India enumerates key issues
taken into consideration.
COM Meeting followed the 14th meeting of the Committee of Senior
Officials, the 18th meeting of the IOR Academic Group, the 12th
meeting of the Working Group on Trade & Investment and the 18th
meeting of the IOR Business Forum held from 29 October to 2 November 2012.
The Communiqué - Highlights
- Strengthening IORARC institutions and enhancing
their capabilities for IORARC to play its due role as the apex
organization in the Indian Ocean region that can effectively deliver on
issues of contemporary relevance to its Members.
- Increasing capacities to deal with common
challenges in a more effective manner by forging enduring partnerships,
and supporting closer interaction between the Association and regional
organizations in the Indian Ocean, such as the African Union.
the importance of maintaining freedom of navigation and safety and
security of Sea Lanes of Communication in the Indian Ocean since piracy is
an increasingly serious concern and poses a threat to maritime commerce
and the safety of sea farers.
- Emphasising the need of building human
connectivity through deepening cultural cooperation and promoting tourism
in the region which is marked by diversity in social and cultural values.
towards better preparedness to fight natural and other disasters in the
maritime domain and necessity to develop cooperation among agencies concerned
to evolve regional disaster management strategies and operational processes.
Australia will be chairing the IORARC for the next two years. The vice-chair is Indonesia. The next Council of Ministers Meeting will be held in Australia in 2013.