Thursday morning, Jean-Claude Estrac the General Secretary of the IOC (Indian Ocean Commission) met Ibrahim Patel, president of the ICC meeting and Yves-Claude Hoarau, first vice-president. The opportunity to take on the next Economic Forum Indian Ocean Islands to be held in late November in La Réunion, the IOC will lead a workshop theme.
Other issues discussed: food security and maritime transport. "It is important to harmonize the various pending actions in the area and see the projects that unites us. For now, the ICC meeting is in harmony with the IOC Project, "says Yves-Claude Hoarau, 1st Vice-President of the ICC meeting.
Jean-Claude the Estrac then went to CESER (consulting economic, social and environmental Reunion). "We discussed the future of the IOC after nearly 30 years of existence. Closer cooperation is needed between the five members (Comoros, Reunion, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles, ed) to conquer new markets, including Southern Africa, "explains Jean-Raymond Mondon, president of CESER.
In the early afternoon, the Secretary General of the IOC then went to the inverted pyramid where he could discuss with Didier Robert, President of the Region. It is the economic cooperation that has been mentioned as a priority. The idea to launch a television channel for the Indian Ocean area in particular found support in the region. The long record of air was also discussed: greater cooperation between regional companies is desired.
"I insisted on the economic dimension because it is through it that does the development of our islands. For example, if we had good results in the tourism sector over the past two years despite the crisis, thanks to a joint promotion under the banner Vanilla Islands, "said Didier Robert. "With the IOC, we must be more in concrete actions, especially in the economic and social level. Opening new markets is vital to our territories, "he concludes.