Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC)

Established: By charter signed at a meeting of 14 insular and littoral Indian Ocean countries on March 6–7, 1997, in Port Louis, Mauritius.

Purpose: To “increase cooperation in trade, investment, infrastructure, tourism, science, technology, and human resource development.”

Headquarters: Vacoas, Mauritius.

Principal Organs: Council of Ministers, Committee of Senior Officials, Indian Ocean Rim Business Forum, Indian Ocean Rim Academic Group, Coordinating Secretariat.

Director of the Coordinating Secretariat: Devdasslall Dusoruth (Mauritius).

Membership (18): Australia, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Oman, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.

Observer (1): Indian Ocean Tourism Organization.

Official Language: English.

Origin and development. Responding to a proposal by the government of Mauritius, on March 29–31, 1995, representatives of Australia, India, Kenya, Oman, Singapore, and South Africa met in Mauritius to ...

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