On 21 December 2020 Dr Nomvuyo N. Nokwe, the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Secretary-General and Dr. Thomas Krimmel, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, signed an updated Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that extends and expands the programme of cooperation between IORA and GIZ from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2022.
Dr Nomvuyo Nokwe, Secretary-General of IORA, said:
“On 17 December 2020, the 20th Meeting of the IORA Council of Ministers and its 22 IORA Member States welcomed the extension and expansion of the IORA-Germany partnership through the MOU. Indeed, this reinforces our partnership and fosters even greater opportunities for expanded cooperation between the Association and Germany”.
Dr. Thomas Krimmel, GIZ, said:
“We are very pleased with the extension of our cooperation with IORA and its Secretariat in Mauritius. This MoU will guide us for implementing the partnership of Germany as an active Dialogue Partner with the Association. In our cooperation, we are focusing on the fields of Maritime Safety and Security, Disaster Risk Management, and in particular climate change related aspects of the cross-cutting theme of the Blue Economy”.
Germany is one of the ten (10) Dialogue Partners of IORA.
The IORA-Germany partnership is governed by the “Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)” signed on the margins of the 19th Meeting of the IORA Council of Ministers in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on 7 November 2019. The MOU provided some EUR995.000 (Nine Hundred and Ninety-Five Thousand Euros) for the implementation of the Project from 2017 to 2020.
The Federal Republic of Germany has charged the GIZ with the continuation of the programme of cooperation with an increased total value of the project from EURO 1 million to EURO 2.195 million from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2022.
The ultimate objective of the Project is to contribute to international cooperation among the Member States of IORA through support for the implementation of IORA’s Action Plan (2017-2021) and its successor document, and thereby indirectly to promote economic cooperation and stability in the Indian Ocean Region.
The immediate objective of the Project is to strengthen the operational capacity and visibility of IORA as a regional organisation through support to the IORA Secretariat in the fields of organisational development including Communications, and thematic content, particularly Disaster Risk Management, Maritime Safety and Security, as well as the Blue Economy as a cross-cutting area.
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