Sri Lanka has been endorsed as the vice chair of the Indian Ocean Rim
Association (IORA) Council of Ministers from 2021 to 2023 and will take over
the chairmanship from 2023 to 2025, the Foreign Ministry of China said in a
statement on December 25th.
The approval of the Sri Lankan application for the position was made at the
virtual 20th Council of Ministers meeting hosted by the United Arab Emirates.
Sri Lankan FM called
for collaborative efforts from all IORA members and dialogue partners
Sri Lanka strongly believed that only a safe, secure and peaceful Indian
Ocean could bring about economic prosperity .During the meeting, Foreign
Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said during the meeting while reaffirming Sri
Lanka's commitment to making the Indian Ocean region a zone of peace.
Gunawardena also called for collaborative efforts from all IORA members and
"Since 2018, Sri Lanka as the Coordinator of the IORA Working Group on
Maritime Safety and Security has dedicated its efforts to ensuring that there
is greater connectivity via knowledge and experience-sharing through the Work
Plan adopted at the Working Group Meeting held in Colombo in August 2019,"
Sri Lanka to host an IORA blue economy conference in the second half of
Sri Lanka is expected to host an IORA blue
economy conference in the second half of 2021 and to undertake a study on
identifying bottlenecks to maritime trade in the IORA region, according to a
Sri Lankan foreign ministry statement.