ICWA Celebrates IORA Day

by Diplomatist Bureau - 11 March, 2024, 12:00 141 Views 0 Comment

The Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) commemorated the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Day on March 7, 2024, with a panel discussion themed “Securing the Indian Ocean Region: Towards a Cooperative, Prosperous, Sustainable, and Peaceful Region.” The event, held at Sapru House, brought together diplomats, policymakers, and experts to deliberate on the multifaceted dynamics of the Indian Ocean region.

Ambassador Vijay Thakur Singh, Director General of ICWA, delivered the welcome remarks, setting the stage for an insightful discourse.

Ms. Paramita Tripathi, Joint Secretary (Indian Ocean Rim), Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), shared special remarks, underlining India’s pivotal role in fostering regional cooperation and sustainable development within the IORA framework.

Reflecting on India’s active engagement with IORA over the past 27 years, Ms. Tripathi highlighted India’s constructive contributions to the association’s objectives. During India’s Chairmanship of IORA from 2011 to 2013, significant strides were made in streamlining the association’s focus areas. Six priority sectors were identified, including maritime safety and security, trade and investment facilitation, fisheries management, disaster risk management, academic and science cooperation, and tourism and cultural exchange. Notably, during Australia’s tenure, two cross-cutting areas, blue economy, and women’s economic empowerment, were added, further enriching IORA’s agenda.

“India, assuming the role of Vice-Chair in October of the previous year for a two-year term, is poised to take on the Chairmanship from 2025 to 2027. The vision outlined by Hon’ble External Affairs Minister, as reiterated during the last Council of Ministers’ Meeting in October 2023, underscores India’s commitment to fostering a stable, prosperous, and resilient Indian Ocean community”, added Ms. Tripathi.

The panel discussion, moderated by Prof. Sanjay Chaturvedi, Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at South Asian University, delved into various dimensions of the Indian Ocean region. Capt. Sarabjeet Singh Parmar, Distinguished Fellow at the United Service Institution of India, and Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, Distinguished Fellow at the Delhi Policy Group, offered valuable insights on strategic and security imperatives, economic opportunities, and collaborative frameworks within the Indian Ocean region.

The discussions underscored the importance of enhanced cooperation among IORA member states to address evolving challenges and seize opportunities for sustainable development and peace in the Indian Ocean region.

As India prepares to assume the Chairmanship of IORA, it stands poised to drive positive change and foster inclusive growth across the region.


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