|Secretary General||Dr Nomvuyo N. Nokwe (from South Africa)|
IORA (Indian Ocean Rim Association) is a regional intergovernmental international organisation consisting of coastal states bordering the Indian Ocean.
The IORA was established in March 1997. But initially, it was established as the Indian Ocean Rim Initiative in Mauritius on March 1995.
Currently, IORA comprises 21 permanent member states and 7 dialogue partner states.
Dialogue Partner States:
The main objectives of IORA are to promote sustained growth and balanced development in the Indian Ocean region. The IORA also focuses on maritime safety and security, trade and investment facilitation, fisheries management, disaster risk management, tourism and cultural exchange, academic science and technology, Blue economy and women's economic empowerment.
The Secretariat of IORA is situated in Cyber City, Ebene, Mauritius.
India is an active member of the IORA and participates in every meeting of IORA.