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Indian Ocean Rim Business Forum (IORBF)

The IORBF is IORA’s private sector arm which first met in 1995.

The IORBF convenes business representatives from IORA Member States and Dialogue Partners to advise IORA ministers and officials on business issues and ways to accelerate intra-regional trade and increase investment flows in the region. Members of the IORBF comprise of senior members of chambers of commerce and members of the business community who can effectively represent the national business interests of their economies.

Key areas of attention include trade facilitation, exploring options for trade policy coordination, the harmonization and simplification of procedures, creating regional value chains, and the dissemination of information through appropriate arrangements, including trade fairs, business-to-business meetings and capacity-building workshops.

 

The important role of the private sector as a complementary partner of governments in promoting a stronger, more equitable, and sustainable growth in IORA countries was reaffirmed by the ‘Joint Declaration on the IORA Business Community to Build Partnerships for a Sustainable and Equitable Economic Growth’, adopted at the Indian Ocean Rim Association Business Summit on 6 March 2017 in Jakarta.

 

New in 2021, IORA is partnering with London-based Global Trade Review (GTR) to feature in GTR’s flagship trade conferences.  An initiative of the Indian Ocean Rim Business Forum (IORBF), IORA will be injecting business perspectives for the Indian Ocean region into topical debates about the trends, opportunities and challenges to expand trade and investment globally, with a focus on IORA’s Member States and Dialogue Partners.  Contact us to learn more.

 

 

The IORBF is currently chaired by Mr. Sheikh Fazle Fahim, Chairman, Euro Petro Products Limited (EPPL), from Bangladesh. The immediate past Chair is His Excellency Humaid Ben Salem, Secretary General of the Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FCCI).

 

To connect with the IORBF, contact us at hq@iora.int

 

The last IORBF was hosted virtually by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 20 October 2020 as part of the Annual Investment Meeting.

 

Events to add to the list of events that show on this webpage:

Modernising Trade Conference 2019

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Events
  • 20 - 20 Oct
    2020
    Indian Ocean Rim Business Forum (IORBF)
    25th Meeting of the Indian Ocean Rim Business Forum (IORBF)
    Virtual Meeting
  • 14 Oct
    2017
    Indian Ocean Rim Business Forum (IORBF)
    23rd Meeting of the Indian Ocean Rim Business Forum (IORBF)
    Durban, South Africa
  • 13 Oct
    2016
    Indian Ocean Rim Business Forum (IORBF)
    22nd Meeting of the IORBF
    Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 20 Oct
    2015
    Indian Ocean Rim Business Forum (IORBF)
    21st Meeting of the IORBF
    Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 06 Oct
    2014
    Indian Ocean Rim Business Forum (IORBF)
    20th Meeting of the IORBF
    Perth, Australia
  • 30 Oct
    2013
    Indian Ocean Rim Business Forum (IORBF)
    19th Meeting of the IORBF
    Perth, Australia
  • 31 Oct
    2012
    Indian Ocean Rim Business Forum (IORBF)
    18th Meeting of the IORBF
    Gurgaon, India
  • 09 Nov
    2011
    Indian Ocean Rim Business Forum (IORBF)
    17th Meeting of the IORBF
    Bengaluru, India
  • 01 Aug
    2010
    Indian Ocean Rim Business Forum (IORBF)
    16th Meeting of the IORBF
    Sana'a, Yemen
  • 21 Jun
    2009
    Indian Ocean Rim Business Forum (IORBF)
    15th Meeting of the IORBF
    Sana'a, Yemen
  • 30 Apr
    2008
    Indian Ocean Rim Business Forum (IORBF)
    14th Meeting of the IORBF
    Tehran, I.R. of Iran
  • 05 Mar
    2007
    Indian Ocean Rim Business Forum (IORBF)
    13th Meeting of the IORBF
    Tehran, I.R. of Iran
  • 17 Feb
    2006
    Indian Ocean Rim Business Forum (IORBF)
    12th Meeting of the IORBF
    Tehran, I.R. of Iran
  • 22 Aug
    2004
    Indian Ocean Rim Business Forum (IORBF)
    11th Meeting of the IORBF
    Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 08 Oct
    2003
    Indian Ocean Rim Business Forum (IORBF)
    10th Meeting of the IORBF
    Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 05 May
    2002
    Indian Ocean Rim Business Forum (IORBF)
    9th Meeting of the IORBF
    Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
  • 04 Apr
    2001
    Indian Ocean Rim Business Forum (IORBF)
    8th Meeting of the IORBF
    Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
  • 03 - 04 Jul
    2000
    Indian Ocean Rim Business Forum (IORBF)
    Maputo, Mozambique
  • 28 - 29 Mar
    1999
    Indian Ocean Rim Business Forum (IORBF)
    6th Meeting of the IORBF
    Maputo Mozambique
  • 30 - 31 Mar
    1998
    Indian Ocean Rim Business Forum (IORBF)
    5th Meeting of the IORBF
    Balaclava, Mauritius
  • 03 - 04 Mar
    1997
    Indian Ocean Rim Business Forum (IORBF)
    4th Meeting of the IORBF
    Grand Bay, Mauritius
  • 15 - 16 Aug
    1996
    Indian Ocean Rim Business Forum (IORBF)
    1st Meeting of the IORBF
    Port Louis, Mauritius
  • 14 May
    1996
    Indian Ocean Rim Business Forum (IORBF)
    2nd Meeting of the IORBF
    Port Louis, Mauritius