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INSIGHT: Indonesia's leadership aims for peaceful, stable, prosperous Indian Ocean

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Jakarta   /   Mon, March 6, 2017   /  08:16 am
INSIGHT: Indonesia's leadership aims for peaceful, stable, prosperous Indian Ocean Logo of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) (Courtesy of/bdnews24.com)

For the first time in its 20year history, the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) will organize a Leaders’ Summit on March 7, themed “Strengthening Maritime Cooperation for a Peaceful, Stable and Prosperous Indian Ocean.” As the chair of IORA for 2015-2017, Indonesia will host the summit and assemble the leaders of its 21 members and seven dialogue partners for the proposed theme. The IORA Leaders’ Summit is of great relevance to national, regional and global interests. Indonesia’s leadership among the Indian Ocean littoral states in IORA therefore matters. The area surrounding the Indian Ocean are home to approximately 2.7 billion people. It is an immense, rich and highly diverse region. It is the main shipping lane for 70 percent of the world’s oil and natural gas as well as the source of one-third of fish caught worldwide. The ocean’s...

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