Indian Ocean Rim Association:
Sri Lanka set to take over chairmanship of Indian Ocean Rim Association during 23rd Council of Ministers’ Meeting.
- Indian Ocean Rim Association was established in 1997 as an intergovernmental organisation of States on the rim of the Indian Ocean
- It has members from Africa, West Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia , Europe and Oceania.
- The Association’s membership has expanded to 23 member states and 11 dialogue partners.
- Asia: India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Maldives, Oman, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
- Africa: Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Somalia , South Africa, Tanzania, Comoros, Mauritius, Seychelles.
- Oceania: Australia.
- Europe: France
- Its apex body is the Council of Foreign Ministers (COM) which meets annually.
- IORA has identified six priority areas namely: Trade and Investment, Maritime Safety and Security, Fisheries Management, Disaster Risk Management and Blue Economy.