Bangladesh has requested the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) to formulate and implement projects for economic cooperation relating to trade facilitation and liberalisation, promotion of investment, scientific and technological exchanges among the member countries.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh is going to be assigned with the Chair of IORA from November 2021 for a two-year tenure, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Besides, Bangladesh has seconded a Director to IORA Secretariat recently.
Vice-chair of the IORA, Secretary Alam focused IORA’s importance as a platform to collectively pursue a concerted, comprehensive and suitable response for facing the specific challenges due to COVID-19 pandemic.
He also requested for further commitment for implementing and integrating the IORA Concord; IORA Action Plan; Mauritius, Jakarta and Dhaka Declaration in national development paradigm.
He invited all to join the next 23rd Committee of Senior Officials’ and 21st Council of Ministers’ meeting due in November this year to be hosted by Bangladesh as Chair.