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Since India became the IORA Chair for the period 2011-2013, there has been a growing direction and determination to strengthen institutions and capacities within IORA. India revitalised IORA during its chairmanship and six Priority and two Focus Areas were identified on the basis to promote sustained growth and balanced development in the Indian Ocean Region.

They are:
  • Maritime Safety & Security
  • Trade & Investment Facilitation
  • Fisheries Management
  • Disaster Risk Management
  • Tourism & Cultural Exchanges
  • Academic, Science & Technology Cooperation
  • Blue Economy
  • Women's Economic Empowerment