Jakarta, IORA - Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi said that "Jakarta Concord" - the main document produced during IORA Summit- will provide a clear direction for cooperation among member states of Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) in the future.
"Jakarta Concord provides a clear direction that will strengthen and improve cooperation for IORA," said Minister Retno Marsudi at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC), on Monday.
According to Retno, IORA Concord, also known as Jakarta Concord, is a strategic document contains vision and norms of the future IORA cooperation to strengthen regional architecture in facing challenges in the region.
Minister Retno also said that to strengthen IORA’s six priority issues that have existed since the beginning, the Jakarta Concord - which will be signed by head of states at Leaders Summit - contains three important issues for IORA cooperation in the future, namely women empowerment, blue economy, and promotion of democracy.
"These issues highlight the future direction of cooperation in Indian Ocean region," she said.
Besides Jakarta Concord, the council of ministers meeting also adopted IORA Action Plan, a document containing concrete actions to implement the Jakarta Concord and to strengthen the implementation of priority areas and cross-sectoral commitments.
Furthermore, the ministers also adopted IORA Declaration on Preventing and Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism. This is a joint agreement among IORA member states about the importance of countering terrorism and violent extremism.
"This is a joint commitment among IORA member states to cooperate in facing terrorism and violent extremism through dialogue and sharing opinions, experiences and knowledge," Retno further said.
Indonesia is the chair of IORA with South Africa as the vice chairman, and also Australia as the previous chairman.
The theme of IORA Summit under Indonesia chairmanship is "Strengthening Maritime Cooperation for Peaceful, Stable, and Prosperous Indian Ocean".
The series of event during IORA Summit on March 5-7, 2017 started by the senior officials meeting on March 5, council of ministers meeting on March 6, and followed by Leaders’ Summit on 7 March.
IORA, consisting of 21 member states, is the main organization in Indian Ocean region and plays an important role in strengthening regional security cooperation. (Translator:Ugi/Mia)