Following the hosting of the first Indian Ocean Dialogue in India in 2014 by the Observer Research Foundation, the Second Dialogue was co-convened by Future Directions International in collaboration with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, with support from the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
The Dialogue brought together key representatives from the governments and research institutions of the 20 IORA Member States and the Dialogue Partners.
The Dialogue was inaugurated by the Hon. Julie Bishop MP, the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, and focused on the following six sessions:
IOR – Combating Transnational Crime.
Maritime Security and Defence Cooperation.
Regional Cooperation in Search and Rescue Operations.
The Blue Economy as a Driver of Economic Growth.
Countering Illegal Fishing.
Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief.