Khurshid left for Perth yesterday night, as Australia will assume the role of IOR-ARC
chair for a two-year term, taking over from India.
Ramgoolam said there was the need to focus on concrete deliverables now that the IOR-ARC
had consolidated its institutional base.
The 12th IOR-ARC
meeting kicked off on Monday, 29th October, with the Academic Group meeting (IORAG) on Tuesday, 30th October, the Working Group on Trade and Industry (IOR-WGTI) deliberated issues of trade facilitation and so on.
was established in 1997 with seven members -- Australia, India, Kenya, Sultanate of Oman, Singapore and South Africa.
According to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DRICO), Deputy Minister Ebrahim met with India's external affairs minister, Salman Khurshid, on the sidelines of the IOR-ARC
Tehran has conveyed to New Delhi Salehi's plans to attend Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC
) in Bangalore on November 15 and to hold discussions with his Indian counterpart SM Krishna on a host of issues, senior government officials said.
What about the IOR-ARC
and Other Existing Regional Entities?
, initially known as the Indian Ocean Rim Initiative, is an international organization with 18 member states.
It's the Indian Ocean Rim Countries' Association for Regional Cooperation, blessed with the unwieldy acronym IOR-ARC
, perhaps the most extraordinary international grouping you've never heard of.
doesn't have to confine itself to the water: it is the countries that are members, not just their coastlines.
Mauritius is in fact the gateway to regional markets through its membership of the following regional blocks: The Common Market for Eastern and Southern African Countries (COMESA), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Co-operation (IOR-ARC
) and the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC).
The IORA, formerly known as the IOR-ARC
, was launched in 1997 in Mauritius.