Indian Ocean Rim Association

The Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), formerly known as the Indian Ocean Rim Initiative and the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC), is an international organisation consisting of 23 states bordering the Indian Ocean.[4] The IORA is a regional forum, tripartite in nature, bringing together representatives of Government, Business and Academia, for promoting co-operation and closer interaction among them. It is based on the principles of Open Regionalism for strengthening Economic Cooperation particularly on Trade Facilitation and Investment, Promotion as well as Social Development of the region.[5] The Coordinating Secretariat of IORA is located at Ebene, Mauritius.

Indian Ocean Rim Association
Map of IORA countries
HeadquartersEbene, Mauritius
Working languages
 Secretary General
Dr Gatot Hari Gunawan, Acting Secretary General [1]
 United Arab Emirates (2019)[2]
 Vice Chair
 Bangladesh (2021)[3]
 6 March 1997
Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Co-operation
Time zoneUTC+2 to +10.5