The IORA Secretary General, H.E. Mr Salman Al Farisi, and Dr. Thomas Krimmel, Project Director, German Development Agency (GIZ), signed a second Financial Contribution Agreement aimed at further improving the service delivery capacity of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Secretariat in Mauritius.
The Agreement totals some ninety-nine thousand five hundred and fifty Euros (€ 99,550) and constitutes an important component of the ongoing cooperation project under the IORA-Germany Partnership to strengthen the capacities of IORA and its Secretariat in the fields of organisational development and the priority areas a) disaster risk management, b) maritime safety, as well as on the cross-cutting issue of the Blue Economy, with a particular focus on climate change related topics.
The Agreement aims primarily to strengthen the visibility of the Association in the Member States and globally in 2022 when the Association celebrates its Silver Jubilee of 25 years of existence on 7 March 2022. This will be accompanied by the continuation of training measures to ensure and further improve the service delivery capacities in the Secretariat.
Secretary General Al Farisi welcomed the signing as confirmation of Germany’s ongoing commitment to supporting IORA and its 23 Members in strengthening the Association as the pre-eminent international organisation in the Indian Ocean region”. Dr. Thomas Krimmel, the Representative of GIZ, the implementing agency for the German Support Project for IORA, responded by expressing his appreciation for the solid partnership of GIZ, and indeed of Germany, with IORA. He added that he looks forward to contribute further to the strengthening of both, the Secretariat as well as the Association during its Silver Jubilee year.
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