- Title: Regional security and gender equality top IORA agenda
- Date: 27th October 2016
- Summary: NUSA DUA, BALI, INDONESIA (OCTOBER 27, 2016) (REUTERS) ****WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** VARIOUS OF DELEGATES LISTENING TO INDIAN OCEAN RIM ASSOCIATION (IORA) MINISTERS' MEETING WRAP UP VARIOUS OF AUSTRALIAN FOREIGN MINISTER JULIE BISHOP AND OTHER CHAIR MEMBERS READING DOCUMENTS MEETING IN PROGRESS BISHOP AND DELEGATES WALKING INTO NEWS CONFERENCE ROOM BISHOP BEING DIRECTED TO SEAT BISHOP AND DELEGATES TAKING A SEAT CAMERAMEN FILMING (SOUNDBITE) (English) INDONESIAN DELEGATE AND MEETING CHAIR, DESRA PERCAYA, SAYING: "I have high hopes and the utmost confidence that IORA will continue to facilitate peace and stability in the region, leading ultimately to the prosperity of its citizens." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, JULIE BISHOP, SAYING: "I'm particularly proud of the fact that an initiative proposed by Australia during our chairmanship of adopting a declaration on women's gender equality and women's economic empowerment has been adopted unanimously, which is a great step forward and a powerful statement from the member countries." CAMERAMEN FILMING (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, JULIE BISHOP SAYING: "I also noted that today the issue of counter-terrorism and countering violent extremism was one that nations referred to and have seen as another area of collaboration and cooperation. We noted that the economic and social impact of terrorism and violent extremism is incalculable." CHAIR MEMBERS SEATED NEWS CONFERENCE ENDING BISHOP LEAVING CONFERENCE ROOM
- Embargoed: 11th November 2016 10:37
- Keywords: Indonesia IORA Australia gender women Indian Ocean
- Location: NUSA DUA, BALI, INDONESIA
- City: NUSA DUA, BALI, INDONESIA
- Country: Indonesia
- Topics: Fundamental Rights/Civil Liberties,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA00155S57B9
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) ministers' meeting closed a day earlier on Thursday (October 27), with Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop praising the day's successes during a wrap-up news conference.
The decision to accelerate the initially two-day meeting, being held in Nusa Dua on the resort island of Bali, was made after Indonesia's Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi was called away for personal reasons.
An Indonesian delegate, Desra Percaya, took her place during the news conference, and said the meeting had ended on a positive note.
"I have high hopes and the utmost confidence that IORA will continue to facilitate peace and stability in the region, leading ultimately to the prosperity of its citizens," he said.
Bishop, the co-chair, followed up by saying she was proud that an Australian-proposed initiative on women's gender equality and economic empowerment had been unanimously adopted by IORA, calling it a "great step forward and a powerful statement from the member countries."
She added that the meeting had revealed member states had similar perspectives on the importance of cooperation in security efforts.
"We noted that the economic and social impact of terrorism and violent extremism is incalculable," she told reporters.
Ministers from the 21 member states were expected to discuss maritime, safety and security, trade and investment, fisheries management, natural disaster and risk reduction during the meeting, the regional grouping said.
Indonesia was also expected to put forward a concord for a code of conduct in the Indian Ocean for IORA ministers to sign, according to local media.
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