DURBAN, October 19, 2017 Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Rosenblum is in Durban this week to represent the United States at the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers meeting. While here, he will be meeting with a number of the delegates representing the 21 IORA member states and seven dialogue partners. Topics will include maritime safety and security, enhancing trade and investment cooperation, and developing the “blue economy.”
“This year, IORA celebrates its twentieth anniversary,” Rosenblum said. “The Indian Ocean is at the fulcrum of global commerce, and boasts some of the fastest-growing economies on Earth. Events in the Indian Ocean region will play an outsized role in shaping the course of the 21st century,” he added. “We greatly value our consultations with regional partners — our common concerns are front and center in the minds of U.S. leaders.”
In his discussions this week, DAS Rosenblum hopes to identify ways that the U.S. can further support IORA and help it realize its full potential. “Together we have the opportunity to ensure that the order that governs this region is one based on mutual respect and cooperation, one that promotes free and fair trade, resists the use of coercion, and upholds international rules and norms,” Rosenblum concluded.