Bangladesh has been elected as Vice Chairman of Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) for the period of 2019-21 and eventually as the IORA Chairman for 2021-23.
The election was held at the 18th (IORA) Council of Ministers’ Meeting held in Durban, South Africa on 02 November 2018, a foreign ministry press release said here today.
As per the practice, IORA is led by Chair and Vice Chair on behalf of the member states while the spell of the posts in two years each.
The current Chair is South Africa and the Vice Chair is the UAE. When the incumbent Vice Chair UAE will take the post of Chair in 2019, Bangladesh will assume the Vice Chairmanship. After completion of two years of the vice chairmanship, Bangladesh will become the Chairman of IORA for the first time on 01 October 2021.
This year’s Council of Ministers’ Meeting was attended by delegations from IORA’s 21 member states at the ministerial and state ministerial level which included Australia, India, Indonesia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Mauritius, Singapore and the UAE, among others.
The 18th IORA Council of Ministers Meeting adopted two outcome documents namely the ‘Declaration on the commemoration of Nelson Mandela’ and the eThekwini Communique which are expected to enhance cooperation among the 21 member states and contribute more in ensuring a peaceful, stable and the sustainable Indian Ocean.