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IORA Leaders Summit held in Jakarta

The Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Leaders’ Summit was recently held in Jakarta, capital of Indonesia from March 5 to 7, 2017.

The theme of the summit was ‘Strengthening Maritime Cooperation for a Peaceful, Stable and Prosperous Indian Ocean’.  It was attended by leaders from 21 member states of IORA. From India, Vice President Hamid Ansari attended the two-day summit.

Key Highlights of IORA 2017
  • It drew attention on issues of regional interest such as maritime security, disaster relief and humanitarian assistance, fisheries management, people-to-people exchanges, trade and investment and tourism.
  • 21 member states issued a strategic vision document known as the Jakarta Concord. It sets out a vision strengthening the regional architecture to face its challenges.
  • It also issued Joint Declaration of the IORA business Community to build partnership for a sustainable and equitable economic growth.
  • It also adopted IORA Action Plan, a document containing the implementation actions of the Jakarta Concord to strengthen the implementation of priority areas and cross-sectorial commitments.
  • The Declaration on Preventing and Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism was also adopted, stating importance of countering terrorism.
  • The member nations stressed on the need to work together in order to eliminate the growth and spread of terrorism and violent extremism. 
About Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA)
  • IORA is an international organisation consisting of coastal states bordering the Indian Ocean, established in 1997 to promote IORAcooperation in the IOR.
  • It is a regional forum, tripartite in nature, bringing together representatives of Government, Academia and Business for promoting co-operation and closer interaction among them.
  • It is based on the principles of Open Regionalism for strengthening Economic Cooperation particularly on Trade Facilitation and Investment, Promotion as well as Social Development of the region.
  • IORA comprises 21 member states (including India) and 7 dialogue partners. Besides, Indian Ocean Research Group and the Indian Ocean Tourism Organisation have observer status.

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Meng Hongwei elected as new INTERPOL President

Meng Hongwei, high-level police official from China has been elected as the new President of International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL).

With this, he becomes first Chinese citizen to hold the four-year post.  He was elected at the INTERPOL’s 85th annual general assembly held in Bali, Indonesia and succeeds Mireille “Ballen” Ballestrazzi.

Prior to this appointment, Meng Hongwei was Vice Minister of Public Security in China. He rich experience of 40 years in criminal justice and policing.  In his career he has  overseen affairs related to legal institutions,  counter-terrorism, narcotics control, border control, immigration and international cooperation.

About INTERPOL

  • Interpol is global police co-operation agency and a non-governmental organization (NGO).
  • Its work focuses on public safety and battling terrorism, crimes against humanity, genocide, war crimes, environmental crime etc.
  • It was established as the International Criminal Police Commission (ICPC) in 1923. Its headquartered is located at Lyon, France.
  • It is the 2nd-largest international organization after the United Nations in terms of international representation with 190 member countries.

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