Indian Ocean Dialogue 2015
FDI, in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, with support from the Indian Ocean Rim Association Secretariat and the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection, convened the second Indian Ocean Dialogue in Perth.
As seven FDI staff were involved, no Strategic Weekly Analysis will be issued this week.
The Indian Ocean Dialogue is an annual meeting involving up to five representatives from each of the 20 Indian Ocean Rim Association Member States and six Dialogue Partners. The representatives include officials, accredited observers and experts from academia and research institutions.
The first Dialogue was held in India last year by the Observer Research Foundation, a leading research institute. The ORF set the precedent for future Dialogues and provided valuable advice and assistance to FDI for this year’s event. The two-day event focussed on the following areas:
- Combating Transnational Crime
- Maritime Security and Defence Cooperation
- Regional Cooperation in Search and Rescue Operations
- The Blue Economy as a Driver of Economic Growth
- Countering Illegal Fishing
- Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief
The Dialogue was launched by Hon. Julie Bishop, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Sixty-one delegates from Member Countries and eight from the Dialogue Partners attended. The ORF sent five members, four of whom were also facilitators. The Secretary General and two members of the IORA Secretariat also attended.
The Indian Ocean Dialogue 2015 programme is available here.
Within a few weeks, FDI will publish the Perth Consensus, the list of attendees and make available through a link with the Indian Ocean Rim Association website, the presentations by all facilitators and presenters.
The Strategic Weekly Analysis will return next week.
Major General John Hartley AO (Retd)
Institute Director and CEO
Future Directions International