South Africa is the current Chair for the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) - a regional organisation to foster cooperation among rim countries through voluntary engagement. One of the structures created during the establishment of the IORA is the Indian Ocean Rim Academic Group (IORAG), in acknowledgment of the importance of academia in regional organisations.
The National Research Foundation (NRF) is the Secretariat for South African IORAG (SA IORAG) leading day to day activities through SAEON and supported by the Strategic Partnerships directorate. A steering committee, comprising of DST, DIRCO, HSRC and NRF provides oversight and planning for IORAG in South Africa and the region. Building on the initiatives of the previous chairships, the SA secretariat has undertaken to continue the reform process of IORAG, with the goal of creating an interactive network of academics to focus on IORA priorities.
To read more about the proposed reform, please follow this link. https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/e3k7ikctKfkZhUshTrYv/full