Bangladesh is going to host Third IORA Blue Economy Ministerial Conference at the InterContinental Hotel in Dhaka on 04-05 September 2019. Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) with its 22 Member States includes Australia, Bangladesh, Comoros, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Sultanate of Oman, Seychelles, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, UAE and 9 Dialogue Partners namely China, Egypt, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom and USA. Bangladesh hosted the first International Blue Economy Workshop in 2014.
To further keep up the already built momentum to explore potentialareas of Blue Economy, Bangladesh is organizing Third IORA Blue Economy Ministerial Conference as it will take over the charge of Vice Chair from 2019 and subsequently Chair of IORA from 2021 for two years. Dhaka IORA Conference is organized under the theme “Promoting Sustainable Blue Economy- making the best use of opportunities from the Indian Ocean”.
Four Working Sessions are scheduled to be held on 04 September 2019 to discuss the means and ways to strengthen Blue Economy implementation. The discussions are aimed at mapping and securing inclusive development of the marine resources in the Indian Ocean region. Internationally renowned speakers and experts will take part in the discussion which is to be attended by the Committee of the Senior Officials of the IORA Member States and Dialogue Partners.
The Ministerial segment of the Conference will be inaugurated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on 5thSeptember 2019. Foreign Ministers from Australia, Iran, Sri Lanka, Comoros and Seychelles, State Minister for Foreign Affairs from Somalia and Thailand, Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries from Kenya, Minister for Ocean Economy from Mauritius, Minister for Marine Resources from Maldives and Deputy Minister for Environment and Forest from South Africa are going to participate in the Conference.
The SecretaryGeneral of International Seabed Authority will also participatein the Conference. In the Ministerial segment, the IORA Secretary General will brief about the progress of 1st and 2ndIORA Ministerial Conferences on Blue Economy held in Mauritius and Indonesia in 2015 and 2017 respectively. At the end of the Conference, Dhaka Declaration will be adopted as a document aimed at illustrating the commitment of IORA Member States and Dialogue Partners to further strengthen and deepen cooperation on Blue Economy priority areas in the years ahead.