Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), a 21-member grouping, is working to enhance sustainable development of an Indian Ocean blue economy.
- Indian Ocean provides a substantial opportunities to global population in form of food, livelihood, and as means of transport.
- But the current levels of management of marine and coastal eco systems are in poor state.
- IORA is formed to look at ways to protect bio-diversity along with the proposals to develop the blue economy.
- Mauritius is hosting the two day first ministerial blue economy conference, starting September 2.
- Conference will focus on four priority areas: fisheries and agriculture, renewable ocean energy, seaports and shipping and off-shore hydrocarbons and sea bed minerals.
- India, the vice chair at IORA, has not confirmed its participation in the conference due to lack of coordination among various ministries
- Minister of state for defence Rao Inderjit Singh feels that many nations depend on the Indian Ocean for trade and energy supplies and India needs to work closely with the IORA to gain commanding position in the Indian Ocean