IORA Summit Expected to Able to Confront Current and Future Challenges

Jakarta, IORA – The President of the Republic of Indonesia Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo expressed hope that apart from commemorating 20 years of the establishment of IORA, all IORA member states are to be able to drive faster to confront all forms of current and future challenges. 

"The IORA summit is a strategic and progressive measure of all IORA leaders to encourage IORA to be able to drive faster, to confront the current and future challenges," the President said in a press conference at the closing of the IORA summit held in Jakarta, March 5-7, 2017 accompanied by South African President Jacob Zuma and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. 

The President went on to explain that the IORA Leaders’ Summit is held for the first time and constitutes a milestone of renewed commitment of the IORA member states to boost cooperation. The Leaders of IORA are aware of the current challenges, existing opportunities as well as the importance of maintaining the Indian Ocean that unites its member states. 

The President said that the IORA summit produced a crucial point, namely the Jakarta Concord which is the strengthening of six cooperation plus three cooperation that has been agreed. 

"The summit produced the Jakarta Concord. Through the Concord, we are committed to improving security and maritime safety, boosting cooperation in trade and investment, promoting the development and a sustainable management of fisheries, strengthening disaster risk management, strengthening academic cooperation and science, as well as promoting cooperation in tourism and culture. In addition to six cooperation, the Leaders of IORA also push IORA to strengthen other cooperation, namely blue economy, women empowerment and good governance, corruption eradication and human rights," the President said. 

All IORA Leaders have one thing in common, that is, to create a secure, peaceful and prosperous Indian Ocean region, and subject to the agreement of international maritime law. 

"The main thing that becomes the desire of all IORA leaders is to create a secure and peaceful Indian Ocean region and the Leaders are also committed to abiding by the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which is the Constitution to regulate the ocean," the President said.

A secure and peaceful Indian ocean is the prerequisite for the implementation of cooperation among the IORA member states in other fields.

One more thing that is very welcomed by the leaders of IORA, the President continued, is that the IORA business summit need to be developed for a better future. "Networking and cooperation among business players should continue to be strengthened in years to come," the President said. (Henry Budiyanto/MUR)