Three Female Ministers Chair IORA Ministerial Meeting

Jakarta, IORA – The ministerial meeting of Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) was led by three female foreign affairs ministers, namely Indonesian Forein Minister Retno LP Marsudi, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

“This is an exceptional instance where there are three female figures leading the IORA ministerial level meeting,” said Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi at the Jakarta Convention Center on Monday.

Minster Retno considered the instance to match one of the priority areas discussed in the summit, namely women empowerment.

To strengthen the six IORA priority issues, the Jakarta Concord document–-which to be signed by the heads of state/government at the IORA Summit–-contained three important issues for IORA future cooperation such as women empowerment, the Blue Economy and democracy promotion.

The Indonesian government, as as IORA Chair, co-chaired IORA summit and its related meetings with South African government as the Vice Chair and Australia as the previous IORA Chair.

The theme raised during the IORA meetings during Indonesia's tenure was "Strengthening Maritime Cooperation for Peaceful, Stable, and Prosperous Indian Ocean".

The series of IORA meetings will be held from 5 to 7 March 2017. The event will be initiated by senior official meeting on March 5, ministerial meetings on March 6, and concluded with the Leaders' summit on March 7.

IORA that consists of 21 member states is the primary organization for the Indian Ocean region and it plays a vital role in strengthening the cooperation on regional security. (Irvina Falah/Translator: AA)