10th Session of IOR-ARC Kicks off in Yemen

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  1. ejazr

    ejazr Stars and Ambassadors Stars and Ambassadors

    Oct 8, 2009
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    The 10th session of the Indian Ocean Rim-Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC) kicked off on Saturday in Yemen's capital, Sana'a, with issues of economic, scientific and technological cooperation high on the agenda.
    Delegates from the 18 member states are attending the six-day session.
    Over the week, meetings by IOR-ARC senior officials, business forum, trade and investment committee and report committee would be held, and on the final day, the meeting of Foreign Ministry officials will take place. At the meetings, Yemen, chair of the session, will hand over the rotating presidency of the association to India.
    Officials at the Foreign Ministry said the agenda included vital topics such as the establishment of a maritime transport council, discussing the studies conducted by Oman over tourist opportunities in the member states and activating the fish and science and technology centers in Oman and Iran.
    Moreover, the session will address coordination to fight human and agricultural pandemics, trade preference systems and boosting ties among businessmen and commerce and industry chambers. Topics about the association charter and bylaws and as well as other management issues would be discussed as well.
    The Indian Ocean Rim-Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC) was found in 1997 for economic and trade purposes.
    It consists of Yemen, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Madagascar, Bangladesh, Mauritius, Mozambique, Tanzania, India, Iran, South Africa, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Kenya.
  3. Rage

    Rage DFI TEAM Stars and Ambassadors

    Feb 23, 2009
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    This is a great forum for inter'l cooperation between the member states.

    India has cordial, or better, relations with all of these nation-states.

    In view of the rotating presidency coming to us this year, it is in our interest to negotiate sounder maritime customs-agreements, particularly with Zambia and South Africa in respect of the cocaine and other drugs coming from the continent, and with Bangladesh and Sri lanka in respect of human migration and arms smuggling.
  4. Sridhar

    Sridhar House keeper Moderator

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    US wants to join Indian Ocean group
    Published October 23, 2012 | By admin


    The US has shown interest in becoming a dialogue partner in the Indian Ocean grouping, the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC). The US request is being considered by the members of the forum.India has been chairing the forum for the past two years, and its term will come to an end next year, when Australia will take over from India. There are 19 member nations, from across three continents, and five dialogue partners. Dialogue partners are non-members, who only participate in open discussions and are not part of decision making. They are not invited in closed discussions. Pakistan too has shown interest in the IOR-ARC, but there is a clause in the charter of the grouping which says that a country can be considered only if it extends equal treatment to other member nations. So, to be eligible, Pakistan will have to give India the most favoured nation status.

    Refusing to divulge details about US’ request, a source said, “The US request is recent, and is being looked into very seriously, and most probably it will be done this time. All decisions are through consensus by all members of IOR-ARC.”

    At this year’s 12th IOR-ARC Council of Ministers Meeting, from 29 October – 2 November, one of the thrust areas would be checking piracy at sea, as 80% of the world’s trade passes through the Indian Ocean route, which has been infested with piracy lately. Other areas are maritime safety and security, trade and investment, fisheries management, disaster risk reduction, academic cooperation, and tourism promotion.

    “Maritime safety and piracy will be taken up in a big way through seminars. UAE did it this year, India will do it next year to discuss all aspects like hostages and crisis management,” said a source from the Ministry of External Affairs.

    Meanwhile Defence Minister A.K. Antony has underlined the key role of the Indian Navy with countries of Indian Ocean Region. Addressing the biannual Naval Commanders’ Conference this week, Antony said, “Our government is pursuing a string of proactive engagements with countries in the Indian Ocean region to ensure peace and stability, which is also related to our economic and wider security interests.”

    US wants to join Indian Ocean group | idrw.org

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