Report Launch & Policy Discussion on the Indian Ocean Rim Association

With the multilateral trading system at an impasse most economies have turned to regional trade cooperation frameworks to boost trade and investment and foster economic growth.

The vast region encompassing Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) member states links major sea-lanes and is home to key global and regional transportation hubs. Twenty two years after IORA’s formal establishment, its member states should consider deeper and more meaningful trade and investment cooperation initiatives.

Join us from 3.30pm to 5pm on Tuesday, 23 June 2020 (AECT) as we launch our latest report, Building Trade Integration Dynamics in the Indian Ocean Rim Association: A Technical Analysis, and engage in an interactive discussion with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) on the evolution of trade, investment and regional integration amongst IORA member states since 1997, and the strategic opportunities to enhance trade across the region in a post-COVID-19 world.

Date: Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Venue: Webinar (login details to be provided following registration)

Time: 3.30pm to 5pm (ACST)


Discussion panel

  • Ms Nola Watson (Moderator) is President of the NSW Business Chamber and Principal of Indar, a management consulting business that provides expert advice on governance and operations.
  • Professor Peter Draper (Presenter) is Executive Director of the Institute for International Trade at The University of Adelaide.
  • Mr Bryan Clark is Director of the Australian Chamber’s International Chamber of Commerce Policy Unit. 
  • Mr James Wiblin is Assistant Secretary, India and Indian Ocean Branch, South and West Asia Division at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade .

For further insights on opportunities in IORA, read our latest opinion editorial India's Trade Policy: Embracing National Interests and Selective Engagement.

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