JAKARTA Indonesia (Xinhua) --
Leaders and senior representatives of at the 20th
summit of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) on Tuesday
signed the official document, dubbed the Jakarta Concord,
pledging to build a stable, well-being region.
In the document
entitled “Promoting Regional Cooperation for a Peaceful, Stable,
and Prosperous Indian Ocean”, IORA member countries pledged
their commitments to build Indian Ocean into a stable,
well-being region through cooperation in various sectors with
several priorities need to be addressed on.
The document serves
as foundations to guide 21 IORA member countries in tackling the
regional and global challenges, leads to creation of improved
cooperation among member countries in the future.
promoting maritime security, trade and investment improvement,
promote and develop a sustainable and accountable fishery
sector, improve the management to anticipate disaster risk,
strengthen cooperation on knowledge and science, encouraging
tourism industry and cultural exchange, promote ‘blue economy’
drive and improving women’s role in the economy.
Besides signing the
Jakarta Concord, dignitaries also approved IORA declaration on
terrorism and extremism prevention.
Joko Widodo said that the presence of representatives at the
summit have expressed the eagerness of IORA member countries to
seek international cooperation for the interests of each
“Each nation should
prioritize its nationalism. But nationalism would not survive
without internationalism,” the president said in his remarks to
open the leaders’ summit session here, advising on the need to
establish international cooperation to address national
Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi said that delegations attending
the summit have also approved the action plans document to
materialize the priorities set in Jakarta Concord.
stipulates steps and measures that need to be implemented to
address the priorities’ short and long term targets from 2017 to
2021, the minister added.
The IORA delegates
also agreed to exercise tolerance and diversity in relations
between one another in Indian Ocean region.
Indonesia holds the
rotating chair of IORA this year. The regional organization
constitutes member countries whose shores were washed by Indian
countries are Indonesia, Australia, Bangladesh, Comoros, India,
Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Oman,
Seychelles, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka,
Tanzania, Thailand, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Yemen.
organization embraces seven dialogue partners comprised of
Britain, France, Germany, the United States, Egypt, Japan and
IORA aims to enhance
trade and economy cooperation among member countries so as to
further prosper 2.7 billion of population inhabiting the region.