KTT IORA 2017
Indian Ocean Rim Association Leaders’ Summit 2017. The IORA Summit is the first meeting of the leaders of IORA member states since its establishment in Mauritius in 1997. The summit provides momentum for the strengthening of cooperation in the Indian Ocean region. The IORA Summit is also held during Indonesia’s chairmanship of the IORA for the period of 2015 – 2017. With South Africa as vice and future chair of IORA in 2017 – 2019, Indonesia works closely with IORA member states and dialogue partners to strengthen cooperation in the Indian Ocean in the six priority areas; maritime safety and security, trade and investment facilitation, fisheries management, disaster risk management, science and technology cooperation, as well as tourism and cultural exchanges; and the two cross cutting issues of blue economy and women empowerment.