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  • Dinna Wisnu
    Dinna Wisnu

    Political economist, senior adviser to Atmajaya University’s Public Policy Institute

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 8, 2017   /  01:52 pm
From ASEAN to IORA President Joko (Courtesy of Presidential Office/Wahyu Putro A)

How much do you know about the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA)? If you don’t know much, or anything, about IORA, don’t worry. Although this regional cooperation group was initiated 20 years ago, it is a loose association that has only recently rediscovered its reason to march quickly and form a stronger cooperation framework across countries on the Indian Ocean’s rim. Indonesia is among the forces looking to strengthen its cooperation framework, signaling that IORA will be “the next” regional cooperation that Indonesia cares deeply about after Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN). IORA groups 21 member states located on the Indian Ocean’s rim and aims to deepen business cooperation in the region. Thus economic cooperation, at least for now, is the main motive for the countries working in this framework of cooperation. From the wes...

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