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EBC 2013

IORA Economic & Business Conference
Le Meridien Hotel, Mauritius     
4-5 July 2013

The first IORA Economic and Business Conference (EBC) co-hosted by India and Mauritius took place on 4 and 5 July 2013 at Le Meridian Hotel, Mauritius. Some 370 delegates including Trade Ministers, government officials, business persons and entrepreneurs from the IORA Member States and Dialogue Partner States attended the Conference.

The objectives of the EBC were:

  • To bring together policy planners/decision makers of government/public agencies and captains of trade and industry/private sector businesses of IORA Member States with the view to explore possibilities for expanding cooperation in the key economic and industrial sectors within the Indian Ocean region;
  • To strengthen trade relations and enhance investment in the Indian Ocean Rim region;
  • To provide an opportunity for expansion of commercial cooperation through interaction among the private sector of the IORA Member States; and,
  • To provide a platform for B2B/mixing & matching of enterprises and products.


The EBC comprised four Ministerial Panel sessions on the following:

  • Services Sector in the IORA,
  • Trade and Investment in the IORA,
  • Food Security and Sustainable Development,
  • Ocean Economy.


On 5 July 2013, the first Meeting of the IORA Trade Ministers, the Business-to-Business (B2B) interactions and the meeting of the CEOs of Trade and Investment Promotion Agencies of the IORA were held.

The B2B platform brought together 107 business interactions and match makings among the business persons and entrepreneurs from the IORA Member States and Dialogue Partner States in various sectors such as:

  • Agriculture and Agro-Industries;                         
  • Automobile and Auto components;
  • Banking & Finance;
  • Consumer Goods;
  • Education and Skill Development;
  • Energy (Conventional and Renewable);
  • Fisheries and Seafood;
  • Food Processing;
  • Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals;
  • Infrastructure;
  • Marine Resources and Marine industries including
  • marine engineering & equipment;
  • Mines & Minerals;
  • Shipping;
  • Telecommunications and Information Technology;
  • Textiles;
  • Tourism;
  • Services sector and
  • SME sector.