Foreign Minister Checks on Preparations for IORA Meetings in JCC

Jakarta, IORA - Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and Secretary of State Pratikno inspected the facilities preparedness for the Indian Ocean Rim Countries Association (IORA) meetings to be held at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC), March 5-7, 2017.

"We arechecking the preparations for IORA (meetings), especially for the IORA summit, the first IORA summit that will be held on March 7. Hopefully, given the finished preparation, everything will run smoothly," said Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi when meeting the media at the JCC in Jakarta, Saturday.

Foreign Minister Retno explained the IORA series of meetings will be preceded by Committee of Senior Officials Meeting on 5 March, followed by the Council of Ministers’ Meeting on 6 March and conclude with the IORA Leaders’ Summit on 7 March.

In addition, an IORA Business Summit and trade exhibition will take place on 6 March 2017, in which approximately 300 business actors from IORA member states are expected to present.

"A photo exhibition narrating the journey of IORA since it was founded until its 20th anniversary will also be held," said Retno.

Minister Retno stated that the convention of the first IORA summit not only aims to commemorate its 20th anniversary, but also to take IORA to a higher level in the international arena.

"Indonesia, as a state which is demonstrating leadership in IORA, would take IORA to a more visible spot in the context of world affairs," she said.

Foreign Minister conveyed that Indonesian government believes the Indian Ocean region will become the future ocean of world economic growth.

IORA is a regional organization consisting of the coastal states bordering the Indian Ocean.

The organization consists of 21 member states and is based on the principle of open regionalism to strengthen economic cooperation, in particular to facilitate investment, promotion and social development in the region.

(Source: Antara/Translator: PR)