BALI, 27th October, 2016 (WAM) — The UAE is committed to achieving the Goals of Sustainable Development 2030 and tackling challenges faced by members of the Indian Ocean Rim Association, IORA, Dr. Maytha bint Salem Al Shamsi, Minister of State, stated here today.

This would require the IORA to focus on co-operation in maritime safety and security, disaster management, fisheries management risks and encouraging investment, as well as promoting economic co-operation, she said.

She also renewed the UAE’s willingness to enhance co-operation to promote peace and stability in the Indian Ocean region, safeguard the freedom of maritime traffic and communications in the region, and address all the security risks that threaten them such as maritime piracy, terrorism and transnational crime.

Addressing these challenges requires co-operation between regional governments, private sector and international institutions, Dr. Al Shamsi also noted.

Dr. Al Shamsi delivered the speech on behalf of the UAE before the 16th Council of Ministers Meeting of the IORA in Bali, Indonesia. The UAE delegation included Mohammed Abdullah bin Mutlaq Al Ghafli, UAE Ambassador to Indonesia; Fahad Obaid Al Tafaq, Director of the Department of Economic Affairs and International Co-operation at Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Abdullah Al Zaabi, Deputy Director the Operations Department at the Ministry of Finance, and other officials.

The purpose of the 16th meeting of the council of ministers will be to deliberate on important matters and developments within the association. The IORA is a charter-based regional multilateral organisation that is fraternal in nature and driven by consensus. The association is essentially an economic co-operative community of twenty one (21) littoral and island States around the Indian Ocean, and seven (7) dialogue partners.

The organisation was originally established to facilitate trade and investment, promote sustainable economy co-operation and capacity building for the development and welfare of its member countries.