Singaporean Minister: Indonesia’s Leadership Encourages IORA’s Advancement

Jakarta, IORA - Singaporean Senior Minister of State Mohamad Maliki bin Osman in a bilateral meeting with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi expressed his appreciation to the Government of Indonesia for its chairmanship to encourage the advancement of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA). 

"Indonesia's chairmanship can bring IORA to a higher level," said Minister Osman after a bilateral meeting between Singapore and Indonesia held at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC), Monday (3/6). 

According to him, the Jakarta Concord which will be signed by the heads of states of IORA member states on Tuesday (3/7) constitutes a guideline which can be used by IORA member states in facing the current and future challenges. 

"When it comes to the Jakarta Concord, I congratulate Minister Retno Marsudi on Indonesia’s chairmanship that brings together the IORA member states to look ahead,” he said. 

Jakarta Concord is a strategic document that contains IORA’s vision and cooperative norms to strengthen the region in facing the challenges. 

Minister Osman also praised Indonesia’s achievement in encouraging the IORA member states to agree upon IORA Declaration on Preventing and Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism in the Indian Ocean region. 

The IORA Summit to be held on March 5 to 7, 2017 in Jakarta will produce four documents to encourage the Indian Ocean region to be a peaceful, stable, and prosperous region. 

The four documents are the Jakarta Concord, the IORA Action Plan, IORA Declaration on Preventing and Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism, and a Joint Declaration of the IORA Business Community to Build Partnerships for a Sustainable and Equitable Economic Growth. 

The four documents have been discussed on Senior Official Meeting on Sunday (3/5) and have gained supports from the 21 IORA member states and seven dialogue partners. These documents will subsequently be discussed at the ministerial level on Monday (3/6) and will be ratified at the level of heads of state on Tuesday (3/7).