The Indian Ocean Conference (IOC) is a flagship consultative forum for countries in the Indian Ocean Region, organized annually by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India in association with the India Foundation and other partners. Commencing in 2016 at Singapore, the Conference endeavours to bring key States and principal maritime partners together on a common platform to deliberate upon the prospects of maritime cooperation on the basis of “Security And Growth for All in the Region” (SAGAR), vision of Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi.
The 7th Indian Ocean Conference (IOC 2024) is being organised as a collaborative effort with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Government of Australia, the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore, and the Perth-US Asia Centre in Australia on February 9-10, 2024 in Perth, Australia, with the theme “Towards a Stable and Sustainable Indian Ocean”. The 7th Indian Ocean Conference brings together distinguished leaders and delegates to deliberate on crucial regional issues and will witness participation from about 54 Ministerial and other delegations.
In line with robust India-Seychelles bilateral co-operation on all important regional issues, on the invitation of Dr. S. Jaishankar, Hon’ble External Affairs Minister of India, H.E. Mr. Errol Fonseka, Minister for Internal Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles is participating in the IOC 2024, accompanied by Captain Gerald Wong-Pool from the Seychelles Defence Forces.
The 6th Edition of the Indian Ocean Conference was held last year in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 12-13 May 2023, wherein also H.E. Mr. Errol Fonseka, Minister for Internal Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles participated along with Lt. Col. David Arrisol, Commander, Seychelles Coast Guard.