The Indian Ocean is the world’s third largest body of water, covering about one fifth of the world's total ocean area. The Indian Ocean Region (IOR) cuts across a vast span of territory that directly affects both the global economy and some 32 nations in the region. The countries in the IOR are for the most part developing and middle income countries, with varying levels of development, stability and security. The level of political stability, the quality of governance, demographic pressures, ethnic and sectarian tensions, and the pace of economic growth create a different mix of opportunity and risk in each state. The IOR is also one of the most complex regions in the world in human terms. It reposes significant endowments of strategic natural resources, tremendous ecological and human diversity, and resplendent cultural and civilisational traditions, making it arguably a pivotal harbinger to regional and global peace, progress and stability. Equally, it is a potential lodestar, offering a new template for maritime concert, cooperation and management, and societally-beneficent harness, of the vast blue economy. Economic development can pave the way for the countries in the IOR to eradicate poverty. Peace remains a vital condition for Progress and Economic Development, which in turn can lead to Prosperity for all in the region.
What can the countries of the IOR do to achieve Peace, Progress and Prosperity? Delegates from all the countries of the IOR and other concerned nations have been invited to present their views in the Indian Ocean Conference 2017 (IOC 2017), being organised by India Foundation with its partners in Colombo on 31st August – 2nd September 2017.
- Freedom of Navigation and Overflights
- Collective Counter Terrorism Efforts
- Anti Piracy Cooperation
- Strengthening Bilateral and Multilateral Institutional Networks
- Strengthening Domestic Political Institutions and Statecraft
- Educational and Cultural Developments (Individual and Collective Efforts)
- Creating a Common Parliament for the countries of the Indo-Pacific Region on the lines of the European Parliament
- Creating multilateral forums for Trade, Commerce and Economic Development
- Strengthening existing Institutions
- Blue Waters Economies
- Ecological and Environmental Challenges
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